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The Only Way to Handle the Pain

I could hear the hurt in her voice, she’d been let down, and was struggling with disappointment. Hopes dashed and injury stabbed deeply.

We’ve all been there.

You may be there now.

Why is it that injury is always so close at hand? Why do we have so many opportunities to have our backs stabbed or wounds gouged? Why are there so many painful pathways?

We are all groaning under a weight we were never made to bear. We are living in foreign territory. We are strangers here in this world of sorrow and corruption.

[box]For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.  (Romans 8:22–23)[/box]

We are all hurting, groaning, decaying, due to our precipitous fall; our disrobing of glory; our entrance into the death journey. Hurting people hurt others—thus a continual cycle of hurt.

But don’t miss this: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

We live on foreign soil, waiting for total and final redemption—but as we wait, we can find comfort and encouragement in the knowledge that there is a future glory and a present purpose.

We were created to live in perfect harmony with our Creator and with one another. We were designed to function as holy beings—heart, mind, and body untouched by sin. We weren’t created with the capacity for evil’s knowledge.

The only way to function in this altered state is to die to the temporary and live for the eternal:

[box]Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16–18)[/box]

Mercifully, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, we are redeemed from this futile way of life. Because of His redemptive work on the Cross, we can now experience intimate fellowship with God and victory over sin. We are not left in bondage to our fallen desires.

We can fulfill His purpose for our lives as women.

Jesus is the Lamb of God who was slain to deliver us from the mess we’ve made, to reverse the effects of the Fall. When we receive His gift, we become living examples of His grace, filling the earth with His glory.

Take Time to Reflect
First Peter 1 gives a beautiful description of Jesus’ payment for us. He set us free from bondage to the distortions produced by the Fall. Do you know that you’ve truly been set free because of His blood that was shed for you?

Will you take the time to write out a description of the way this occurred in your life, and then spend some moments thanking Him for His work on the Cross?

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