suffering produces.

During times of pain, we have two options. We can let our pain and suffering make us bitter and angry or we can allow Jesus to come into our innermost parts and transform and mold that pain into something so beautiful.

Don’t worry, you may feel as if you have let your pain make you bitter and angry already, but please know that it is not too late. You’re not too far. Jesus can transform anything.

One of the most incredible things about Jesus is that He is not just a fixer, but He is a healer. We, as human beings, want everything to be fixed right away, without solving the underlying issue. But with Jesus, He wants to dig up the underlying issue, and begin to heal you, to set you free.

Jesus is a healer, a binder of the brokenhearted. He is pretty great, huh?

Your heart may feel like it is shattering right now, like it is in the middle of completely splitting down the middle… and you know what, Jesus feels that. He feels your pain with you, He is distressed with you, weeps with you and He is so gentle with you.

Call Him into your achy heart, let Him sit with you in the suffering. Let Him bring you hope during this pain. He is not going to remove it right away, for it is teaching and producing in you something bigger than you, but He will comfort you during this and be your most intimate friend.

He will wrap His arms around your heart and strengthen you ever so slightly and gradually, if you keep calling on Him to rescue you and trusting in Him and His purpose.

God doesn’t cause pain, but He does allow it to produce something new in you.

“I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born.” Isaiah 66:9

This doesn’t mean we have to thank Him for our suffering or rejoice over it, but we can rejoice over the goodness of Jesus, and His sweet, unfailing love for us. And the fact that, this is Him doing something far greater in us than we could ever do on our own.

Call out to Jesus, ask Him to rescue you. He always delivers His people… in His timing.

"Christ did not suffer so you wouldn't suffer. He suffered so when you suffer you will become like Him." Tim Keller:

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5

Jesus, thank you for always making us more and more into your image. Help us trust you always, and rely on you for everything. Help us to give all of our heart to you. In Your Name, Amen.

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