Today’s Battle Drill Devotional: God Has a Purpose for Your Pain
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. (1 Peter 1:1)
This week we consider living for God, as we focus on Peter’s words in 1 Peter 4:1-11.
Read 1 Peter 4:1-11. Have you ever been hurt or in pain, and thought to yourself (or even said), “I want my mummy!” When we are suffering all we really want to do is to be comforted by someone. To be held and to feel loved. It’s natural to think that way.
But Peter says that as Christians, following Jesus’ example, when we are hurt or in pain, we should try to see other people’s pain and reach out to help them, to comfort and hold them. Many of us have had the opportunity to do that over these past couple of years as we have all suffered the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic together. Whilst we have all experienced it differently, we have collectively suffered together.
We can’t do this in our own strength, of course. We need God’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome our own needs and to look out for the needs of others. When we do, we move away from sin and become more like Jesus.
God can give a purpose to your pain. He can help you to help others who are feeling hurt too. Who do you know who is struggling and what could you do to reach out to them today?
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
What pain and hurt have you experienced that God might use to help you bring comfort to others who are suffering in the same way?