No Pain, No Gain

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)


Frank Peretti once said, “God does not waste an ounce of our pain or a drop of our tears; suffering doesn’t come our way for no reason, and He seems especially efficient at using what we endure to mold our character. If we are malleable, He takes our bumps and bruises and shapes them into something beautiful.”

Adjusting and adhering to God’s design is usually painful.

So whenever you put your desires above God’s will, you create discord — leaving you in a never-ending pursuit of happiness — always feeling empty and incomplete.

The stress one goes through during those times are severe, but the discipline needed to maintain balance is even more challenging — it can be downright unbearable.

Discipline is a journey of constant doubt, temptation, and frustration — and giving up is typically the road most traveled.

I mean, no one likes pain.

Sure, some people thrive on dishing it out, but it’s the rare soul who welcomes the anguish that comes from adjusting their behavior.

Fortunately, you’re not bound by the same restraints that impede the uninformed. You (on the other hand) know better; therefore, you can do better.

The Bible tells you that discipline is painful, and it also informs you that from that pain comes glory.

Are you up for the challenge?

—Ray

The Bible, Simplified

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