I tweeted recently: We all make a decision how we respond to the pain in our life. It is one of the most important decisions we’ll ever make.
Someone tweeted back a great question. What’s s great way to process (emotional) pain?
Here are 7 biblical ways:
Expect God to use pain for good – Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28
Use it to comfort others with similar pain – 2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Reconsider your perspective on the pain – Romans 8:18
Receive the honor of suffering pain – Philippians 1:29
Accept the normality of pain – 1 Peter 4:12
Celebrate His sufficiency during pain -2 Corinthians 12:8-9
Look for the reward in suffering through pain – 2 Timothy 4:7-8
How we respond to emotional pain is a choice we make. The promises of God are real, even during our times of suffering. In the earliest days of any trial, we may not see any of these truths at work. That’s okay. We are frail people. The key is as we move forward, what we do with the pain in the days to come. Painful times are not going away in this earthly life. Jesus told us that. Learning to rest in Him is part of maturing as followers of Christ.
Suffering reminds us that His grace is sufficient for all our pain. In fact, though I don’t completely understand it, His power is perfect in our weakness, but only when I surrender the pain to Him.
We are not intended to handle pain alone. Thankfully, by His grace, we don’t have to.
Are you learning to “cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you”?