Pain is inconvenient.Suffering and loss will happen. Our days and evenings are busy, and who has time to deal with this situation? While we might be able to trudge through the initial loss, we cannot completely ignore it. A wounded heart cannot be ignored or it will eventually wound others even if it is accidental.
Pain is not fair.There is a common popcorn saying in Christianity: “God will never give you more than you can handle.” The problem with this saying is that it makes everything God’s fault and lets us humans, and our free will, off the hook. Pain is not fair because it does not discriminate. You can be a great Christian and still encounter pain and suffering. Our journeys should not be defined by fairness and comparison. We need holiness (wholeness) in Jesus to heal.
Pain comes in many forms.To assume that pain looks the same for everyone is naïve. Mental, spiritual, physical, and social -- these are all forms of pain that people may experience. Mental pain may be a traumatic event or struggling with mental health needs. Spiritual pain might appear to someone in the form of a loss in their ministry or struggling to see God’s will amidst the chaos of life. Physical pain could be in the form of a prolonged illness and not having any progress. Social pain may be struggling to fit in with the crowd or adapting to change.
Pain is not handled identically for everyone.Everyone deals with their pain differently. The important point here is how the pain is handled. Is the pain handled in a healthy manner? Counseling, talking with a friend, time in nature, spending time in solitude, and being open before God — several ways to deal with the pain in wholesome manner. My prayer is that you find healing in your pain and suffering amidst OTHERS. Working through our pain is not easy; however, anything worthwhile is never easy. God bless you! Copyright 2019 Jason Weirich. All rights reserved.[/caption]
Copyright 2019 Jason Weirich
About the Author
Jason is the founder of Java and Jesus. He loves Jesus, coffee, his wife & two children. He enjoys helping people experience freedom in Christ. Java and Jesus is a resource and not meant to be a replacement for the fellowship & community that one experiences in a church. Blogs, podcasts, & spiritual direction are a few of the resources that are offered by Java and Jesus.