Pain

In the Weymouth version, the word “Pain” is used instead of sorrow (2 Cor. 7:8-10).  I like this translation, because in the same way that a doctor cuts away at a person’s flesh because it is either cancerous,  or dying, the Lord also cuts away at us which brings about “pain” or godly sorrow. In the old days, they did not have morphine or anything to “put us under” so that there was no pain. The pain to lose an arm or leg was excruciating. However, it was better to go through this sort of pain rather then to lose the whole body. Perhaps, this is also why the Lord tells us that “if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” (Mt. 5:30)

However, if we endure going through this pain we will be given the “peaceable fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:11)

“Now, at the time, discipline seems to be a matter not for joy, but for grief; yet it afterwards yields to those who have passed through its training a result full of peace–namely, righteousness.” Hebrews 12:11 Weymouth

Also, think of the joy given to a person with cancer, which may lose a part of his/her body in order to survive. Though she goes through much trial and pain, she is also given another life, another chance.

  “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Mt. 10:39

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“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.” Mt. 13:22

The person in this Scripture, did not repent unto God (they refused Him Hebrews 4:10, therefore, were “un”-grafted in Rom. 11:23), they sorrowed (received worldly pain) and turned to the world, which produces death instead of the “peaceable fruits of righteousness.”  (2 C or. 7:10, Heb. 12:11)

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“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Heb. 4:16

Thanks be to God because He is the “God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation” (2 Cor. 1:4)   and sends us a comforter, who also “teaches you all things, and brings all things to your remembrance, whatsoever He has said.” (Jn. 14:26) ” (See also Jn. 14:16, 15:26, 16:7)

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“But it is so happy to love,” said the Shepherd quietly. “It is happy to love even if you are not loved in return. There is pain too, certainly, but Love does not think that very significant.” – Hind Feet on High Places, Hannah Hurnard

(The Portrait above is by Lilias Trotter (1853-1928), an artist and a missionary for 38 years to the Muslims in Algeria)

3 thoughts on “Pain

  1. Well said. May we never forget the *gift* pain actually is to us in so many ways.
    Also, Lilias Trotter was an interesting missionary. Not sure if you already knew this, but she has a cool story. One of her striking quotes,

    “ Never has it been so easy to live in half a dozen good harmless worlds at once—art, music, social science, games, motoring, the following of some profession, and so on. And between them we run the risk of drifting about, the “good” hiding the “best.”

    • I haven’t been able to find her story anywhere! 🙂
      I have found her books though. And I thought about buying a biography about her.

  2. The pain of labor, and learning to “work”with it, grants an incredible JOY, when our desire is fulfilled…some times waiting on the Lord, and His timing can be kin to this…I’m watching this first hand with Joe and Angela, as they hold a new born child after over 8 years of waiting. It seems like the world we live in fears both pain and waiting…..and they are missing out on the richness, and joy…that passing through pains gates give and is granted for all who trust Him, as they wait.
    Thanks for sharing Michelle.
    Love,
    Dina

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