Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all the malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you — Ephesians 4:31-32
Pain. Most of us hate this. It leaves us with a wounded heart. It makes us cry. When we experience pain, we just want to be alone. We may ask, “Why is there pain? What is it for?” It just seems like all pain do to us are negative things. But as much as we hate it, pain has a big role to play in our lives.
With pain, we become aware that something’s wrong. With pain, we become more cautious. It alerts us of harm and potential damage. With pain, we learn. But if we expose ourselves to repetitive pain, we become numb. We won’t know something bad is about to happen.
Like physical pain, we are also alerted of spiritual harm. If we keep on sinning, we become numb of the guilty feeling. And we already know where it will lead us to if we don’t feel guilty of our sins anymore. That’s why we need to respond to the guilty feeling by confessing our sins to the Lord.
This is acknowledging that we are hurt and in need of the Lord’s healing. God sometimes allows us to feel pain so that we may be reminded, and be able to produce godly character in us. So pain has a purpose and we shouldn’t ignore it. We should respond to it by coming to God first and foremost.
So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man — Acts 24:16
Reference: Our Daily Bread 15-Day Edition