Have you ever gone through something painful? Did you know that you could find purpose in your pain?

Many of us try to avoid pain at all costs and I think that’s a totally normal response. But if we allow it, the pain could have a purpose in our lives. I believe that if we allow it to, almost all pain could lead to some sort of growth in our lives. I know in the midst of pain, it’s difficult to imagine how that could be true. There’s an interesting verse in the Bible (Proverbs 20:30) that says, “Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways”.

The truth is that no matter what you have been through or what you are going through, God can use your pain to grow you and it can take on a purpose. I don’t know about you but I would trade purposeful pain for purposeless pain any day.

The key is to allow God into our painful situation, and allow Him to begin to work things out for our good and for the good of others. He is always with us and we need not suffer alone.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 1, verses 4 and 6:

“God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things”.

Your pain can help you to help others so that no-one has to face life alone.

So here’s a few things to keep in mind as you allow pain to have purpose in your life:

  1. God is with you: He promises to never leave you or forsake you
  2. You will make it through: You are stronger than you think
  3. Use the pain: Let it make you more sympathetic, more compassionate, more humble, more caring.

Allow God into your painful situation and watch Him turn it around.

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