PAIN CAN BE A BLESSING!
PR 27:6 Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses.
Have you learned to praise God for emotional pain caused by someone’s attack? If not, you probably have not worked through the issue enough. What I mean is that you need to search through the offense and ask why it hurt? What button was pushed in you that caused you so much pain?
It was a letter from a friend. The letter was not angry or attacking but it was full of my friend’s feelings and pain. There were specific details describing how I hurt and rejected them. My friend clearly describe things in me that caused them to not trust me anymore and made it hard to remain my friend. I felt crushed. I cried. I prayed. I waited for answers.
This letter attacked the most vulnerable areas of my life. It named faults that I felt were unchangeable and hopeless. It named my besetting sins. It required me to face myself squarely and see what was wrong. I knew I was against a wall. Only God could change me in these areas. No amount of self-control or strong-will would do it. I had tried that. I wept in despair feeling there was no way out of the pit. I was helpless, hopeless, and unchangeable.
But God . . . yes, what a wonderful phrase . . . but God began to bring light into my darkness. He began to reveal lies planted in my subconscious years earlier about who I was and who I could not be. God brought truth to those lies and began to set me free. God pierced my heart with the revelation of my own sin -- not to hurt me but to set me free. Without the deep pain, I would never have had the courage to search for the root cause of the sin. I would not have discovered and dealt with the “lies”.
I continue to climb the mountain to victory over these areas of weaknesses, but now I can see light. I am going forward, PTL! I now know the truth and the truth is setting me free. Thank you Lord for faithful friends who are willing to speak the truth in love even when it wounds. Surgery hurts for a season, but it brings wholeness and health and the pain only endures for a time.
You too may believe a lie about your besetting sin. Be willing to allow God to reveal truth to your heart. Allow him to do surgery and begin to remove the lies and wrong concepts that keep you in bondage. When the truth comes, freedom from the sin will begin to manifest. It often takes pain to change. Learn to praise God for your pain.
DEAR GOD, THANK YOU FOR CLEANSING PAIN. HELP ME TO ALWAYS REMAIN TEACHABLE. I OPEN MY HEART TO YOU TODAY! REVEAL SINFUL ROOTS IN ME; CONVICT MY HEART; AND THEN BRING ME TO THE LIGHT OF YOUR TRUTH SO I CAN BE SET FREE.
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Polishing the Apple
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