In film Princes Bride, the character of Wesley, in his guise as the Dread Pirate Roberts, says to Princess Buttercup, “Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
Life is pain.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Life is pain…but what will you do with it? How will you respond to it?
“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)
Life is pain…but pain has purpose.
The Apostle Peter encourages Christians to endure suffering by giving themselves entirely to God. Christians are to endure suffering for the sake of Christ.
“Jesus…who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame…” (Hebrews 12:2)
A pastor I’m acquainted with has been going through one of the worst struggles I can image…having a child with a severe form of cancer. His posts, as he navigates this trial, have been uplifting. He has been reminding himself, and us, of all the Christ has done – his suffering and the promised eternal reward. Through this he has been proclaiming gospel to himself and others. He has been glorifying Christ.
Life is pain…
My pain is minuscule compared compared to that of my brother (to say nothing of that which my Lord and his first followers endured) and yet I have borne my struggles not nearly so well. I have been wont to pout and moan at my plight. My molehills I perceive as mountains.
If this pain is necessary for my good and God’s glory, I pray that I endure it well. I pray that I learn, grow in love, and most importantly, bring greater glory to God.
Father, fan the embers of love for You until they are an all-consuming conflagration, that I may give You the glory that is Yours by right.
Inque hominum salutem ad majorem dei gloriam.