Written by Allen Ossuetta
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father we thank you for yet another opportunity to learn at your feet. We pray as we look into this topic “Pain and Pleasure” Let your Holy Spirit breath on it and Bless us in Jesus name.
Pleasure and Pain🙂
Pleasure and Pain is part of life and there is no way to avoid any So tonight, we will be looking at THE PLACE OF PAIN AND PLEASURE IN THE LIFE OF A BELIEVER.
Let us take a look at these scriptures
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; Heb 5:8
Suffering causes pain and the above scripture tells us that we can learn obedience through suffering ( Pain ).
I got smarter after a few heart breaks when it comes to dating.
Us Nigerians often hear mothers say “leave him/her” when you try to stop an infant from touching something hot ( usually a candle ).
Now the mother isn’t wicked and usually, before she gets to this point, she must have pulled that baby away from the candlestick time and time and again. When speaking and physically trying to stop that baby doesn’t stop the baby, then she allows the baby to go through PAIN.
Most times ONCE is enough to teach that baby but like SOME OF US, that baby might need another TASTE.
Prov 13:24 says if you spare your rod ( keep PAIN away from a child ) you will spoil the child.
Prov 26: 3 says a ROD is for the BACK of fools.
Now rod creates PAIN a kind of PAIN that teaches our flesh the consequences of its foolish actions.
Is God the cause of PAIN? no but He allows it when it is to correct or build us up.
So we can say there is POSITIVE PAIN and if so let’s look at quite a few below.
- Growth Pain: If you can’t handle this, you will never be able to build the muscles you want or develop that dream body of yours ( if you feel you need to work out to get a dream body). Muscles grow in PAIN, CHILDREN TOOTH in PAIN. The PAIN it takes to seat and study etc.
- Recovery Pain: After working out, you still feel the PAIN as your muscles HEAL. Whether we like it or not since we are IN TIME, some things take TIME TO HEAL and we must let them.
- Sacrificial/Necessary PAIN: This kind of PAIN most times we go through because of LOVE… Jesus was nailed to a cross because He loves us. Even if mothers know the amount of PAIN involved in childbearing, they PRAY to get pregnant.
This is just a few….
Running away from PAIN isn’t the best for a believer or anyone at all. If you FEAR PAIN, you will never make some moves. You can’t take risks because you fear the PAIN it might bring and we’ve often heard “No Risks no reward”
Please Note: Any Pain that isn’t for correction or growth, GOD WILL NOT ALLOW so if you are feeling PAIN find out if its part of the permitted WILL of GOD if not, REBUKE IT.
I’ll end on pain with this
..have you ever heard this saying? BROKEN BONES HEAL STRONGER ( i do not know how true it is though ). If you go through PAIN it makes you stronger at the end of the day.
Next stop, PLEASURE:
Pleasure is defined as a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment, now the bible says it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of HIs good PLEASURE.
Good pleasure means there is also BAD Pleasure. ( E.g The pleasures of SIn ).
The bible says at the right Hand of God are PLEASURES FOREVER MORE.
I strongly believe that the END PRODUCT OF PAIN SHOULD BE PLEASURE. Child birth produces a child, Gym pain, gives you muscle. If it is GOOD PAIN, it must END IN PLEASURE.
If you work hard with no plans of enjoying the fruits of your labor i wonder why you work hard…
EVIL PLEASURE ENDS IN PAIN so we must be careful because it’s both ways.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:2
Yes, He loved us o but He endured because of the JOY/PLEASURE that will come out of His SACRIFICE.
I’ll end with this
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Pet 5:10
PAIN has an expiring date but GOD’s GOOD PLEASURES DO NOT according to scriptures, THEY ARE FOREVER MORE.
It is my prayer that any of us going through any form of pain be healed in Jesus name..
I pray that the Good pleasures at the right hand of our God be evident in our lives in Jesus name.
Finally, I pray that God gives us the grace to separate ourselves from the evil pleasures of this world that’ll lead to pain
In Jesus name 🙂