As I said in the last blog, there are two types of pain: physical, a needful pain because it is oftentimes is an indicator that something is wrong physically and needs your immediate attention, and emotional pain. I believe that emotional pain is the mother of all pain and more difficult to heal. It may take a physical wound a few weeks to heal, depending on the severity of that wound, but an emotional wound can and often does last a lifetime. One of the reasons for this lifelong wound is that society as a whole tries to cover up emotional pain. Society uses band-aids like using alcohol, using drugs, shopping, changing relationships, or moving to another city. None of these things will work.
Emotional pain has been around since the beginning. It existed in the first family. The reason for Cain's killing of Abel goes back to him feeling rejection. The feelings of rejection are strong. For a lot of us, we grew up in dysfunctional families because perhaps our parents grew up in dysfunctional families. The process has repeated itself over and over again. It is true that emotionally hurting people hurt people emotionally.
This actually goes all the way back to Lucifer becoming jealous of God's ability to rule. And it is not all about that, but jealousy and envy are a type of emotional pain. They can cause outbursts of angry words, violent behavior, physical illness and even death. Emotional pain has destroyed lives, ruined marriages, torn families apart, stifled productivity in the workplace, and put nations against each other. Emotional pain is a major source of destruction. It costs both physically and financially. In fact, antidepressants are some of the most widely prescribed medications on the market today. Though they can be helpful at times, they are not able to deal with the root of the problem. The loss to society is great; the band-aids don't work.
One of the biggest causes of emotional pain is relationships gone awry. This can leave a person scarred for life when not dealt with properly. When rejected by someone we desperately want to be accepted by it can alter your life if allowed. Rejection is one of the most common causes of emotional pain and it can kill. I think that a lot of the emotional pain that we live with can be eliminated if we would just be honest with ourselves, tell ourselves the truth, and then speak it to others without anger. Healing comes through transparency at the right time and in the right way. When we cover up, we can never be healed from something. This is why most of us experience a lifetime of pain.
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Pain is something that nobody likes, but I find that it is one of those so called "necessary evils" in our lives. There are basically two types of pain that we suffer through: physical and emotional. I want to deal with physical pain in this blog.
Pain in and of itself is one of life's greatest teachers. When there is physical pain, it is usually an indication that something has gone wrong somewhere in the body. What a lot of us do is to try to ignore the pain, but when we do that it can lead to something far worse. Many people have died because of that very reason. Some of the most dreadful diseases are those that a person has and doesn't have any symptoms to let them know that something is wrong. By the time they find out it is too late for them to do anything about it. My daddy died from a battle with prostate cancer, but there was no pain in the initial state. He was thinking that he was healthy until he finally got checked and it was too late. I watched this strong man waste away quickly and die.
So, I am convinced that God created pain as a mechanism for our protection. For example, if you didn't have any way of feeling pain in your hand and you place that that hand on a hot stove, you would let that hand sit there until it burned severely or somebody else rescued you. The effects of the burn could take you out of here. The pain receptors protect you from doing harm to yourself.
If you look at the ministry of Jesus, for the most part, those that he set free were people who were plagued with physical pain such as: the woman with the issue of blood, the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, the young boy that was possessed with demons who would through him in the fire, and Lazarus whose pain was so bad that it took his life. Jesus came to set the captive free! We have to believe that he is the Great Physician, Jehovah Rapha, the God that heals us.
Had they not had great pain many of them would not have tried to reach out to Jesus for help. The pain caused them to come and know Jesus. If you are in physical pain today, perhaps you can use that pain as a motivating force to reach out to Jesus for help.
We will talk about the mother of all pain; the one that is most difficult to deal with next time.
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