Friction and Pain
Hebrews 12:11 (NKJV) – 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
How did Jesus endure the pain He faced? He stayed focused on God and the Eternal purpose of His suffering.
Does God allow pain to His children? Yes. It is not always punishment or a result of sin. The Lord prepares us for the challenges we will face to fulfill His calling on our life.
Hebrews 12:7-10 (NKJV)
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
God is our Heavenly Father. He understands everything we need. We must put our trust in Him and submit to His will to fully live in the calling and purpose He designed for us.
Christians help each other grow stronger as iron sharpens iron (Prov 27:17). There must be friction for iron to sharpen iron. In the same way, when we are corrected and rebuked by other friends, there is friction that can be painful.
2 Corinthians 8:21 (NIV) – For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
When we long for the salvation of the lost with the zeal of the first century church, the pains from friction and struggles is more bearable than it is for Christians who have lost focus on the Eternal prize.
Revelation 21:4 (KJV) – 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.