Pain for a Purpose - 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Verse of the Day - Day 142

Bible Verse About Pain - 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
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Today's Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 12:7–9
So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Pain for a Purpose

There are times when God allows pain and sickness to touch our lives. Brother Lawrence spoke about the good purpose God may be working out through our suffering:

"I do not pray that you will be delivered from your pains, but I do pray sincerely that God will give you strength and patience to bear them as long as he pleases. The world, of course, cannot understand this. They see no good at all in sickness and pain. But those who understand that sickness can be used by God to advance his purposes can find in it great sweetness and true consolation. In fact, we can go so far as to say that God is sometimes nearer to us in sickness than in health. He can use diseases of the body to bring healing to the soul."

--Brother Lawrence

C.S. Lewis wrote in his book, The Problem of Pain: "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain, it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

I am not suggesting that we should ever stop praying for healing, but at the same time we ought to ask God to show us the higher plan or better purpose he may be wanting to accomplish through our pain.

More Bible Verses About Pain and Suffering for a Purpose

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

(ESV)

2 Corinthians 4:17
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison... (ESV)

Romans 8:16-18
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)

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