Pain is a part of life.
Somewhere, somehow we have all experienced it and will probably experience it again soon. Most people don’t understand pain, in particularly the emotional pain in their life. Unfortunately, if we don’t understand it, we probably won’t embrace it which is vitally important to overcoming it.
There are many different sources and intensity levels of pain.
Pain could be as soft and subtle as frustration and disappointment or debilitating and immobilizing as mental and physical abuse. Pain may be caused by a loved one that’s close to your heart, personal disobedience, or just life in itself. Pain could be produced by words spoken to you, by you, or about you. It could come from perverted perspectives, negative outlooks, or just plain old stinkin’ thinkin’. Pain is real and there are many sources of it, but why do we have it?
The purpose of pain is to create a memory.
In spite of its cause, we have the final say on the effect of this memory. We were designed by God to move away from pain and towards pleasure so God permits pain in order to produce His will.
The psalmist said because of affliction we learn to obey His word. (Psalm 119:71) When we view pain from a godly perspective it teaches us to make wiser choices. It builds our resilience and tenacity. It increases temperance and ability to deny ourselves immediate gratification in order to obtain long-term gain. It sets us free from the opinion of others. Spiritually, it creates fortitude and endurance in us to hold on to God’s perfect will in spite of the spiritual attacks, social pressures, and internal desires. It also teaches us to submit.
Satanic forces use pain to accomplish their primary objective; to steal, kill and destroy. Pain robs us of the joy & happiness of living. It can kill your dreams; take the life from your will, and your body. Ultimately pain can be used to destroy your eternal soul and then perpetuate itself through your bloodline to destroy your posterity.
Toleration is the Key to stop hurting.
We each have different tolerance levels that coincide with pain. Our tolerance level tells us two things, how much pain we can and are willing to endure. Pain ends when tolerance runs out. Once you make the decision that this will hurt you no more, you will have shifted the effects of pain from destruction, to production.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to minimize. I am well aware of the hideous experiences that have left many of us emotionally wounded. But wounds do heal. The moment you decide it is enough – it will be enough. Choose to stop hurting.
So Inventory the pain in your life. Embrace it by accepting it is what it is. Seek professional help if the pain is too much for you to embrace alone. Remember, if it happened in the past, there is nothing you can do about the cause, but there is much you can do about its effect.
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.