Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A good kind of pain?

Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets. - 2 Cor 7 v 10

The pharmaceutical industry has done a great job in helping us mask our pain.
All the pills that we so often pop don't really cure our problem, They just manage our pain. To a manageable level and if not we take something a bit stronger.

None of us like pain so we will do anything to avoid it. So in his dealings with the church at Corinth Paul probably questioned if he should raise the subject that he knew would cause such pain. Maybe he wrote the letter a few times chucking the first draft in the bin before he actually decided to do it. (Yes my imagination that's not really in the Bible!)

But he knew on this occasion pain was going to have to be suffered to effect healing. He didn't want to cause pain but facing truth and the resulting pain was the only way to growth.

I heard some words recently that caused me a huge amount of pain. But I need to feel the pain not mask it because in the words of Paul this
Distress drives me to God. It turns me around. It gets me back in the way of salvation. I will never regret that kind of pain.


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