Your long term pain has more significance than you think

    The agony is unbearable. You don’t have an answer for those who question your faith and even your salvation – because of your suffering.

    You’ve prayed endless prayers and sought out specialists who would pray with a “special anointing.” Confession and heart searching continues even now. But your pain and suffering continues.

    The Israelites suffered for over 400 years in brutal slavery. After being released, God pointed out an important significance for them. They were to remember their slavery and have compassion on others. God’s instruction was clear:

“You shall not oppress a sojourner. You know the heart of a sojourner, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 23:9, cf. 22:21)

    Compassion – it’s often connected to your own pain and suffering. Look for opportunities to express and live our that compassion. It’s costly. You paid a great price. Jesus paid an even greater price.

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