“…weep with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15
Do you need a profound thought? Here it comes. Write it down. Memorize it. Print it and frame it on your wall.
Ready? Here it is: “Pain Hurts.”
Obviously, you knew that already. But we need to be reminded. We Christians are famous for wanting to pretend that everything is fine and put on a smile, thinking if we hurt we must not be trusting God. And certainly, we dare not let our pain show to others!
“One-third of the Psalms are laments, a free expression of emotion, hurt, and complaints about the tough times.”
But here’s the truth: the Bible teaches just the opposite. One-third of the Psalms are laments, a free expression of emotion, hurt, and complaints about the tough times. I am so glad the Scriptures are so honest about the reality of our struggles.
Galatians 6:2 instructs us to “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” How can we do that unless we are honest with one another? I can only come alongside a person to help if I am aware of their need.
Please understand, I have no pleasure in my pain or someone else’s. “Pain Hurts!” But I have learned the lesson over the years that the hard times send us to the Lord, and that’s what He wants. He invites, even pleads with us to spend time with Him.
Pray with tears and through the tears. Be honest with yourself and with God. Find a trusted friend to help. And, most of all, hang on to His promise:
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33
Chris is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL (M.Div.) and has served as a pastor in churches in the Midwest. Chris and his wife Marty have been married for over 37 years. Chris currently teaches the Fundamentals of the Faith class and serves in the Prayer Ministry here at Faith Bible Church.View Resources by Chris Tornquist
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