Summary: We must speak the truth in all of life, even when it hurts, to build healthy, God-honoring relationships

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No Pain, No Gain!

(Sometimes the Truth Hurts)

Ephesians 6:10-18

Open your Bibles to Ephesians chapter 6.

Introduction: No pain, No gain! We’ve all heard it. We all know what it means. Especially when it comes to the arena of exercising and working out. Without the pain and the stress of working out, there is no physical gain. You don’t get a strong, healthy, attractive body by avoiding pain. Pain isn’t fun, but when you know what the results are going to be, when you know that there is purpose for the pain, it can be endured, even embraced, because the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term pain.

When you push those weights it hurts, but that pain brings increased strength. When you get up at 5:00 in the morning to make sure you get in your two-mile walk, there is pain or inconvenience in getting up that early, but the result is a healthier heart and a habit of discipline.

Pain is a part of the process of getting stronger. In fact, no one has truly increased their strength without pain. Like it or not, pain is essential to the process of getting stronger. In fact, people who have never experienced pain in their lives can be described by two words, fat and lazy!

Now, not all pain makes us stronger. But pain with a purpose is necessary at times if we are going to have stronger bodies. Pain with a purpose is also necessary from time to time if we are going to have stronger, healthier relationships.

This morning I want to take a little bit of time and consider some of the necessary pain that results in stronger relationships.

We are continuing in our series “Eight Essential Exercises for Building a Better Body.” Last week we considered the truth that we must allocate strength from the Lord if we are going to build the body of relationships around us into a healthy body. We don’t have the strength needed to keep all of our relationships healthy. We need to turn to an outside source for strength, and that strength comes from the Lord.

This week I want to consider the exercise of “Acting with Integrity.” Integrity (truthfulness in what we do and who we are) is an essential exercise in building a better body. How does integrity fit in with necessary pain? It fits in because the old cliché that “the truth hurts” is often true. Many times our truthfulness and our integrity cost us pain sometimes a great deal of pain, but it is still necessary to build healthy relationships. Thus, no pain-no gain!

Look with me at Ephesians chapter 6 as we consider the essential nature of integrity if we are going to have healthy relationships.

Ep. 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Ep. 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

Ep. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ep. 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

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