Monday, June 28, 2010

Pain and Perfection

Why does pain exist?

There are a lot of answers out there explaining why it exists. One explanation is that we live in a fallen world, with fallen beings with fallen free wills. We can choose to love or to sin. And when sin entered our world, it brought pain. “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23.

Why did God permitted pain to enter this world? It is a mystery. Only He knows. But what we know is that He can use pain to perfect us sinners. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4. God can bring good out of evil.

Imagine sin as a cavity. Like cavity, it eats you up. The only way to prevent the cavity to spreading is for the dentist to operate on your tooth. It is a painful process, as all of you know. Now imagine, in the middle of the operation, you ask the dentist to stop the whole thing because of the pain. What would happen? The cavities still remain. And all the previous pain you endured, now amounted to nothing. You have wasted time, and most of all you have wasted pain.

God sometimes permits pains in our lives to perfect us. The Divine Healer wants to perform a Divine Operation to save not only our teeth, but our souls. Like any operation, pain comes with the process. We have twisted our souls for so long that untwisting it is painful. Soul therapy like physical therapy is a painful process.

Many of us try to escape the pains of purification. We pray and pray to God to stop the purification process. We say to God, “If you really love me, stop this pain.” In doing this, we are actually asking God to love us less, not more. To ask the doctor to cure you halfway is to ask the doctor to be negligent. God wants us to be perfect as He is. To ask less than this is to ask God to love as less.

We must trust God that He knows what He is doing. Whatever He permits is for our ultimate good, pain included. We must hang in there, until the operation is finished. And after the operation is finished, we will be freer than we have ever been.

It is the cured man who enjoys life, not the sick.

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