Haunted By Pain

What is Pain?

a localized or generalized unpleasant bodily sensation or complex of sensations that causes mild to severe physical discomfort and emotional distress

mental or emotional distress or suffering

The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of pain, trusting Him during a trial, surrendering while suffering and loving Him when He seems distant.

– Rick Warren

How does Pain haunt us?

Pain reminds us through triggers
Pain revisits us to tell of its existence
Pain renews its work through new experiences
Pain represents the past and the present
Pain reveals our spiritual condition

The Problem of Pain

Pain interrupts through the physical
Pain infringes through the emotional
Pain interrupts through the spiritual

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

– John 9:1-3

Pain is a constant reality

Pain is a result of the fallen world
Pain absorbs our focus
Pain shows us that life is not fair
Pain reveals the faithfulness of Christ

Pain causes great questions

Pain takes our attention
Pain tarnishes our perspective
Pain terrorizes our peace
Pain threatens our purpose

Pain has a common goal

Pain galvanizes human experience
Pain can glorify God
Pain helps us to see grace
Pain guides us to others

How do we handle Pain?

Pain calls us to remember heaven
Pain causes us to go to Christ
Pain is not to be carried alone
Pain is a motivator of change