“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you, will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)
No one likes pain, but, pain is unavoidable. It is the consequence of Adam’s decision in the garden. With a little encouragement from his wife, Adam decided to disobey God. His mistake brought catastrophic pain and death. He felt the agony of being separated from the presence of God. He was removed from his garden paradise and witnessed the consequences of his sin as his children strove with each other.
We all now experience the pain of sin as husbands and wives find it almost impossible to have harmonious marriages. The pain of rejection, indifference, insincerity and abuse has brought untold suffering to many. But I want to challenge you.
Pain - yes pain, can also bring the greatest spiritual advancement.
Like Jesus, who endured the cross before obtaining glory, we, too, will find power to endure our trials. When we endure pain wrongfully, we invoke God’s pleasure and favor.
When we continue to love the unfaithful and uncaring husband, when we continue to love a wife that has been unfaithful and controlling, we advance the kingdom of Christ.
Enduring the cross may appear ignorant and foolish to selfish and self-centered people, but those who are willing to bear the agony will find that the rough road will take them to the top of the mountain.
Having been tried by the fire, brings elevation to a new level of victory in Christ Jesus. Looking back, one can truly say,
“It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.”
To God be the glory, great things he has done! This week humble yourself before God and whether you face pain accept it as his divine will, and know that it will work out for your good.
*Thought* No cross, no crown!
Lord, Don’t move our mountains but give us the strength to climb. Then, Lord, don’t take away the stumbling blocks, but lead us over them, that we may testify to your majesty forever. Amen.