Hello old friends, new followers and fellow bloggers-
Welcome to the new Authentic Love blogging site! Are you excited for the new year? I am and I am also looking forward to some new big things!
Well family and friends… I was doing some study for tomorrow’s Sunday school lesson when something came to me- “Don’t seek to avoid the pain.” How many of us actually like pain? Be honest. Who actually enjoys the process of pain? Any kind of pain? Society has ingrained within us that if something hurts then we need to avoid it, because pain is bad and we need to avoid the feeling of pain at all costs. Why do you think prescription med sales are at an all time high? It’s because we live in a world readily seeking to numb the agony that is around them. So instead of changing habits and moving to become better, we band-aid the issue with a pain reliever in hopes that will be enough.
Think about it. Have we truly taken the band-aid off of the those sensitive issues in our lives and allowed the cold air to touch the open wound? No…why not? Because that would make us feel pain. And no one wants to feel pain. I rather take my Advil then feel my body go through the healing process.
In order to heal there must be pain.
When we fall and scrape our knees, we feel pain because that is our body’s way of saying “Hey I’m paying attention and I’m sending what is necessary for healing.” If we would have fallen and our body felt nothing, then our body would not be working within it’s God-designed purpose of self healing.
Pain prompts healing.
When we seek to avoid pain; avoid opening those “can of worms” out the fear of our hearts hurting- we are taking away the ability for us to heal and become new. The good part about the healing process is that the pain is temporary and when we finish healing- that place that once hurt before look and feel almost brand new.
Tonight, I studied the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. He endured this painful death that lasted a few hours, to be granted the chance to sit in all of His glory on the right hand of the Father for eternity. His temporary pain, caused his eternal glory.
God is waiting for us to endure that temporary season of cutting away, pruning, addressing those hard things- so that when we heal, our healing can be eternal.
God wants us to be whole and not just bandaged up as temporary relief. This is the year of being new, of looking new, of loving new and that comes through healing that is perpetuated through the process of pain.
Friends don’t avoid the pain, deal with it and heal so that you can live a life that is whole.
Until next time,
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2