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Sufferings Deeper than Physical Pain

Sufferings Deeper than Physical Pain

Pain and suffering are opportunities to demonstrate your trust in God. Turning over your circumstances to God—even thanking Him for them—is a special form of praise.  When suffering happens, you can remember that God is sovereign and can bring good out of everything. We can, as Christians, accept adversity and be drawn closer to God through the pain. Joy will emerge from the ashes if you turn to HIm.

The Apostle Paul knew Christ, but he wanted to know Him more intimately. He longed to share in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings. He said,

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. (Philippians 3:10)

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Sharing His sufferings—what does that mean? What were Christ’s sufferings?

Jesus’ Sufferings: Deeper than Physical Pain

The movie, “The Passion,” is known for the bloody portrayal of Jesus’ going to the cross.  I believe the horrible physical torture Christ went through was minor compared to His heart sufferings. The real agony was in the rejection.

Jesus loved more than any human could ever love, yet He was rejected and denied by family and friends. Being rejected and misunderstood can hurt deeper than any physical sufferings.

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Hurt People Hurt People

This week I was hurt deeply, and as a result I hurt someone in my family. I “walked in the flesh” and said things I regret that can’t be taken back. Apologizing was not only useless, it made things much worse.

We are human, with frailties and periods of suffering. Friends and family should be our comfort, but because of their own weaknesses and failures, they can be the source of our pain as well.

The only thing holding me together in this valley is hope. I know hardships can be teaching tools that God can use, and He promises to give us the encouragement and strength to work through them.

Facing the difficulties and pain of a valley experience can help us to mature spiritually. It doesn’t feel beneficial when we’re experiencing the pain, but if we allow it, we can make discoveries about ourselves and come through the pain stronger.

We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians during unjust imprisonment. But even though Paul suffered, he never complained or blamed others for his situation. Instead, he rejoiced.

I haven’t rejoiced in this pain—I’ve wallowed in self-pity. But I know God can work through my weakness.

When our life is shaken,we learn what forms our faith. We have the opportunity to learn real dependence upon God as a result.  When we rely on Him, He will heal our wounds and let us experience renewed intimacy that will sustain us through the valley.

I haven’t experienced peace in this situation yet; I’m still in the depths of pain, but I am asking the Lord:

1. What is your will in this?
2. What do you want me to do next?

I’m waiting on Him. He has a plan and purpose.

Whether you are in immediate pain or not, the Holy Spirit is available to us. The Holy Spirit is our strength, encouragement, and constant companion.

Friends and family may reject, criticize, or hurt us in some ways, but God will never forsake His children.

Nobody else understands our need the way God does. When we feel unable to bear one more second of pain we can turn to God, our healing balm.

Remember, our message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you.
It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at.

We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.

What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!

(2 Corinthians 4:6–12, The Message Bible)

When life is crumbling and the future looks dim, embrace God’s presence. Because of Him, we are never apart from the Lord. No circumstance, suffering, or loss can separate us from Him or His love (Rom. 8:35, 38-39).

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5 comments

  1. What timely sharing Robin. I was JUST reading in Psalm 109, and when I read your post, recalled this verse.

    Psalm 109:22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

    Shall keep you in prayer. Hope you feeling better! God bless you.

  2. Yep. That is where Amanda and I are right now Robin. We have both said things we regret, and she is not here at this time. Others have given her “shelter” and bad advice. We are believing and praying for reconciliation.
    We all say things we don’t mean to say, and we all have regrets. The lesson here is repentance and love. Love covers a multitude of sins. A lot of times the gossip we spread during times like these are times that we will never be able to turn the tide of. I know Yah can, but sometimes he lets it go, because we can make our own choices and need to trust in HIM alone.

    He spoke to me this morning and said that sometimes he will let us feel like we are all alone so that HE is our only hope. If we have support in our sinfulness, it only keeps us from him.
    We need to trust and rely on him alone. Only then can we clearly see the path he has set before us and walk therein.

    Love to you my dear friend. May your heart be healed in all of this and reconciliation come to everyone involved – with Yah first, then each other.
    .-= Jacque´s last blog ..Shabbat Shalom! Praise: Meditation and Counsel =-.

  3. Thank you Jacque!!!
    I know you understand it helps a lot. This situation was my fault-/ trying to fix it instead of waiting on God.

  4. I understand that. It is hard to wait… I went thru a one-week period of hearing YHVH say, “Be still…” every time I went to say or type something. I learned how to hear him a lot better and learned some temperance too.

    I know he has the answers. He has already written everything out for us, but, we still have to learn it in here (points to head, then to heart). Hoping it is a short lesson for ALL of us.

    Love and much prayer~
    .-= Jacque´s last blog ..Shabbat Shalom! Praise: Meditation and Counsel =-.

  5. D. Snyder

    Dearest Robin,
    I thank God everytime I remember you. You are a gift and a encouragement thru Gods love in you. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. A broken heart that God is near to. I have hurt others so deeply in my life. “What have I gained from that which (I)am now ashamed.” We learn to not repeat sin by our precious Lord, who learned obeidence through suffering. The most precious gift is standing firm with our helmet of salvation on, holding our sheild of faith, and resting in the gospel of peace and belt of truth. A wonderful gift is the beautiful fruit that comes from “bearing fruit in keeping with repentance.” The early Christians praised God for Paul when they saw the fruit that he bore(teaching that which he had tried to destroy in Damascus). We can keep with repentance-sometimes daily- and watch God help us die and fall to the ground. Only to produce a seed able to grow into a plant, then a tree, and then bare SWEET RIPE FRUIT in keeping with that repentance. Faith in Jesus on the part of both parties can make this process faster, of course -Look at Paul’s life and few visits to Jerusalem- but either way God is the Gardener and HE gives the increase.
    Blessings, You have our fasting and prayers.

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