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Daily Word #7: The Protective Purpose Of Pain Part 2: Purposes of Pain

Why does God allow such pain in our lives? Can something good come out of that pain?

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The Apostle Paul wrote, “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies” (2 Cor 4:8-10), but there was a reason for that. Paul says it was because “we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Cor 4:11). Paul wanted others to see Jesus in Him. Marvelous! This gives us a godly perspective from which to view our pain, and why Paul could say, “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Cor 4:16-17). I’m being biblical because my outward self is wasting away, but hopefully, through these bodily and mental afflictions, I can glorify God, and hopefully, point others toward Christ. Besides, Paul is right…it is only temporary compared to eternity, and why Paul considered “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom 8:18).

Does hard labor feel temporary and light? Certainly not, but it does when it is placed against the backdrop of eternity.