Jesus Will Understand: Our Shared Pain

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Pain and sorrow are inevitable parts of life. At some point, everyone experiences loss, grief, heartbreak, or some form of suffering. During these times, we may feel overwhelmed, helpless, and alone. It’s easy to question our faith, God’s goodness, and wonder if anyone truly cares about our pain. But as Christians, we know that Jesus experienced the same emotions and can empathize with us through our suffering. In this blog post, we’ll explore how Jesus’ tears offer us comfort and healing, and how we can find solace and hope in God during times of pain and sorrow.

The Implications of the Shortest Verse in the Bible
The shortest verse in the Bible is “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). This verse describes the moment when Jesus learns of the death of his friend Lazarus and is moved to tears. The fact that Jesus, the son of God, wept at the loss of his friend shows us that even God experiences emotional pain and suffering. It also reveals the humanity of Jesus and his ability to empathize with us through our own experiences of loss and grief. If Jesus, who we believe is God, can be moved to tears, what does that mean for us mere mortals?

The Compassionate God of the Bible
One of the classic doctrines of some Christians is that God is impassable, meaning that God doesn’t experience emotional change in any way or that God doesn’t suffer. But if we believe that Jesus is God, then verses like John 11:35 and the entire passion story show us that such a belief is not completely true. Methodists, for instance, believe that God does feel and engage with our emotions in God’s own way. The Bible testifies to this truth: Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit,” and 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 calls God “the father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Bringing Our Pain and Sorrow to Jesus
The story of Lazarus’s death and Jesus’ tears offer us comfort and hope in several ways. First, we can bring our own pain and sorrow to Jesus because he understands and empathizes with us. We can trust that God cares deeply about our pain and struggles and desires to comfort and heal us in our distress. We can turn to God in prayer, seek God’s comfort and guidance, ask for the strength to persevere, and trust in God’s love and desires for our lives.

Finding Comfort and Healing
In times of pain and sorrow, it’s essential to seek out support and self-care. Seeking counseling or therapy is a great option for those who need it. As Christians, we shouldn’t be afraid to seek help because finding a counselor or therapist does not make us less of a Christian. It might even make us more equipped to serve and love others as we grow in our faith and ability to empathize and support those who are also experiencing pain and suffering.

We can also find comfort in taking time away from the world, spending time with friends or family, binge-watching a show that makes us feel a certain way, or simply talking to God any time, anywhere. It’s essential to practice self-compassion and take care of ourselves during these times of pain and sorrow.

In addition to seeking support and self-care, we can also find meaning and purpose in our pain. While there may not always be a reasonable meaning behind our suffering, we can trust that God is always trying to squeeze the good from the bad. It is when the good is squeezed from the bad that the pain we experience can find a purpose. No matter how we seek out comfort and healing, we should always remember that Jesus is our partner along the way. We can trust in God’s promises and look to Jesus for hope and strength because he understands our pain and sorrow.

The Benefits of a Community of Faith
Being a part of a community of faith, whether it’s a church or a small group, can also offer us comfort and support during times of pain and sorrow. We can share our burdens with others and receive the care and encouragement we need to keep going. Through the loving compassion of others, we can experience the healing and restoration that God desires for us. As we grow in our faith and ability to love and serve others, we can also help others experience healing and restoration.

Pain and sorrow are inevitable parts of life. However, as Christians, we have hope and peace knowing that God is with us, loves us, and is working all things together for our good. We can find comfort and healing by turning to Jesus in prayer, seeking support from others, practicing self-care and self-compassion, and finding meaning and purpose in our pain. We can trust that God is always trying to squeeze the good from the bad and that Jesus understands our pain and sorrow because he experienced them himself. By being a part of a community of faith, we can also find comfort and support as we journey through these times together.


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