Do you want to see more alignment and serenity in your life? Then you have to stop avoiding this.

Do you want to see more alignment and serenity in your life? Then you have to stop avoiding this.

I know some of you have had to deal with significant pain in your life. You may be going through a painful time right now. How do you view pain? Is it something to avoid at all costs? Is it something you deserve, that “balances the scales”? How does Scripture teach us to view pain?

I fall more into the camp of avoiding pain at all costs. But more and more I am realizing just how high the cost is for avoiding pain and not seeing the role it has. One passage in particular has been helpful.

In Hebrews 12:11 the writer explains, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful.” Duh! Thanks, Captain Obvious! But the writer continues, “Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Pain can train.

There is a teaching or instructing role with pain. The word discipline is used ten times, depending on the translation, in Hebrews 12. The word behind discipline is the word pedagogy is derived.

The writer knows the hard things the believers are facing. It is important it doesn’t impact their understanding of God’s character. In verse 10 we read, “God disciplines us for our good that we might share in his holiness.” This tells us 2 things: God does discipline, but he does not discipline to punish us, but to complete us. Sharing in God’s holiness, means sharing in his completeness, his wholeness.

You are familiar with the phrase, “No pain, no gain.” This passage seems to be saying, “Know pain, know gain.” If we will be trained by pain, we will see a harvest of righteousness and peace in our life. There is a crop of rightness and serenity that can only come by way of pain.

Is it possible the incompleteness, in all it’s forms, and disruption is a result of trying to avoid pain? Perhaps some willingness to endure pain for a moment would result in a harvest of wholeness and rest that would far out way the pain.

Of course, the context of this conversation of pain is the pain that Jesus willingly endured. In verse 2 we read it was for the joy that was set before him the Jesus endured the cross. He saw the harvest of souls that would come from his pain.

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