From that day forward, whenever he felt discomfort from a cut or anything else, he responded with genuine gratitude, “Thank God for pain!” And then Samuel Chand writes, “Paradoxically, Christians often have more difficulty handling personal pain than unbelievers. They look at the promises of God and conclude that God should fill their lives with joy, love, support and success. That’s reading the Bible selectively. The Scriptures state – clearly and often – that enduring pain is one of the ways, perhaps the main way, God works his grace deeply into our lives.” People strive for happiness in their lives but are formed through suffering and often at the hands of criticism. Even if the criticism is untrue, ask: God what are you trying to accomplish by this in my life? So our response to pain shouldn’t be to avoid it but to embrace it by trying to redeem something bad by turning it into something sacred. For in all things works God for good. Embracing the pain of criticism is never easy or painless, but it is the path to holiness and a means by which God’s purposes can be fulfilled in us.
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