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The Purpose of Pain

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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Everyone experiences pain sometimes because it is a part of living while on this earth. The Bible explains why we suffer along with giving ways to endure seasons of pain and suffering. Did you know pain has a purpose in your life? Perhaps if you understand the purpose of pain, you could deal with it much better.

Below are some valid reasons that will help you understand the purpose of your pain.

1. Pain Comes to Get You Attention

Pain comes to get your attention. Most people fail to turn to God when things are going great in their lives. It is not until they have problems or go through unbearable situations that they seek God.

God will do what He has to do in order to get your attention. Some people don't pray until they are facing brick walls. It is wise to pray and give God attention before He has to get your attention through your pain and suffering.

Don's wait until you are hurting before you communicate with God. He wants you to have an intimate relationship with Him on good days and on bad days. When you don't communicate with God daily, He will find ways to get your attention, and pain is the quickest and most effective way to do so.

I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. (Psalm 69:29)

2. Pain Tests Your Commitment

Pain tests your commitment. If you love God the way you say you do, then you should be committed to Him and all things related to Him. When you are committed to God, it shows up in your lifestyle. A sure test of your love for God is your sincere commitment to Him.

Your commitment to God should be at the top of your list of things to do. Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you."

Good health and lack of pain and suffering are included in "these things" in Matthew 6:33. Therefore, be committed to God in everything you do.

3. Pain is Necessary for Spiritual Growth

Pain is necessary for spiritual growth. Pain and suffering don't come to punish you as some people might think. It might seem ironic, but pain and suffering come to help you instead of hindering you. In other words, pain and suffering serve as training grounds for Christian maturity and spiritual growth.

Pain helps to develop your patience and you grow through trials and tribulations. That explains the expression "growing pains."

4. Pain Shows God's Power

Pain shows God's power. Pain and suffering are consequences of living in a fallen and evil world. However, God's power is demonstrated through His ability to heal and deliver. Remember those incidents in the Bible where many people were healed, including Hezekiah been given 15 more years to live when he was close to death. Throughout the gospels, Jesus used His power to heal the sick.

5. Pain Is a Characteristic of Living for God

Pain is a characteristic of living for God. When you are involved in painful situations, know that you are not alone. There are many biblical characters who endured pain and suffering for the sake of God and the kingdom of God. The Bible didn't promise that those who serve God would never endure pain. In fact, it is just the opposite. What the Bible does promise is that your pain will end and will grow through your pain.

Whenever you are feeling sorry for yourself, read the accounts of some of the worst cases of pain in the Bible.

  • Joseph endured pain at the hands of his very own brothers who sold him into slavery when he was 17 years old. Later Joseph told his brothers, "You did it for evil, but God meant it for good" (Genesis 50:20).
  • Job served God, but in just one day he lost everything he had including all his possessions, his health, and his ten children. Satan thought all those losses would destroy Job. God restored all Job's losses and made his later life better than before.

6. Pain is a Way for God to Get the Glory

Pain is a way for God to get the glory. Your pain may be a way for God to get the glory in unexpected ways. After you endure pain, you will come out on the other side of it as a better person. Not only will you be a changed person, but you will be a good example for unbelievers. God will get permanent glory from your temporary pain.

7. Pain Results in a Reward

Pain results in a reward. People might not want to go through pain just to be rewarded. However, there is a crown laid up in heaven for those who endure when they experience pain and suffering, according to Revelation 2:10.

The crown is called "the crown of life" or "the martyr's crown." The church in Smyrna was promised that crown if they remained faithful. We have that same promise.

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If you are going through a painful situation, remember the purposes of your pain that are mentioned above. Also, remember that James 1:2 says, "Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds."

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