Pastors, a little less than Medical Doctors learn, over time, to appreciate the courage of people who go on with life despite near constant pain. The pain takes on varied forms, but it is genuine.
Ricardo Montalban (Fantasy Island) shares a different outlook on pain with this line about “Superman,” Christopher Reeve:
“And yet I think of Christopher Reeve who said he would pay two million dollars to be able to feel pain again. What a courageous man! So, I have to think that pain is a blessing.”
Pain, as a blessing is a rare thought, especially among those who endure excruciating pain day and night for days, weeks and often years.
Often physical pain is not as debilitating as mental/emotional pain. Psychiatrist deal with the terrible emotional distress, the mental anguish that accompanies the loss of loved ones, the loss of money, or especially prestige, a sense of place, of belonging.
On the spiritual level along with two senses mentioned, there is the tragic loss feeling, sympathy, empathy, even mercy, forgiveness, a total loss of the ability to care.
The Apostle Paul writes of the Gentiles of his day with this wisdom:
Ephesians 4:17 “This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart;
19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” (NKJV)
Being “past feeling” is a state in which many people are living in today. Your news media will have at the least a story a day exposing some act by a “past feeling” person. Paul shares the same truth with the young pastor, Timothy, at the church of Ephesus:
1 Timothy 4:2, “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” (meaning the kind of callouses a blacksmith would have on the heel of his hand).
Something to think about deeply.
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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