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Monday, July 24, 2017

Redemptive Pain - Sharing Our Burdens

July 24

(2 Corinthians 9:12-15 NIV) "This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. {13} Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. {14} And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. {15} Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"

(Psalms 55:22 NIV)  "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."

(Galatians 6:2 NIV)  "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."

Pain strips us of our pat answers and destroys our Pop Religion. It breaks us down and squeezes the pride right out of us. Pain also squeezes the tears out of us. We should not be ashamed of them. Tears have watered some of the greatest things ever grown in the Kingdom of God. They are a touch of warm sincerity in a cold and plastic world. Pain can be redemptive. It prepares us to comfort others and teaches us to rely on God. We cannot see it in the short view, but only after we have been emptied of our pride can God fill us with His compassion and empathy. Finally, pain demands that we learn to share our burdens. We share them with God, but also with other believers. Shared pain is diminished pain, and eventually it can even become shared praise as we give glory to God for pain’s redemption. Share a burden today. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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