No Greater Love…:Recognizing Pain Doesn’t Negate God’s Love

When I created this blog, I created it based off of a new light I had discovered within my soul while traveling through Europe. The thing about that light was that it had been there all the while, I had just…misplaced it.5073813653_606590401b

Since allowing myself to yield and to grow, and allow that light to truly shine, that light has shone itself, not only in my art but in my faith.

Within my faith and walk with Christ, I have come to a place where all I want is His glory. All I want to know is Him and Him crucified (I Corinthians 2:2) and what that means for ALL of us.

All I want to know, all I want others to know is that His love and His grace is His TRUTH is more than enough…even, no, ESPECIALLY when it hurts!

But just like that light within me, the one I discovered on my journey, the one I had to let shine, so too must I allow Christ to shine they way HE sees best in me.

I have to trust His love in this.

Part of this growth in Him, actually, a very GREAT part of this growth in Him is contingent upon being wounded, broken to be mended. The thing of it is, we are already broken, but we just don’t know it. HE wants to heal the brokenness.

When a patient undergoes surgery, they go in knowing that the hardest part of that surgery is the recovery. The recovery, the regeneration of nerves and tissue, bone, will cause a great deal of pain.

But it is worth it…

I wonder why so many of us are willing to trust the surgeon who is just a man, but not the Creator of Man, when He comes with His scalpel.

There is a quote I once heard that goes:

The problem with living sacrifices is that they keep getting off the altar.”

When the fire gets hot, when the pain gets intense, when we are the only one on the operation table in God’s operating room, we tend to balk and seek retreat. We question God’s love for us.

No one likes pain. He, Yeshua Jesus, endured our pains for us because He didn’t want us to go it alone. He bore our sickness so that we could be healed (Isaiah 53.) So when He comes to heal, and it hurts, we have to trust it is for our good because HE is not just wounding but repairing something that was already broken.

I am notorious for the balking, sliding away from the pain…the loneliness that comes with it. Its no fun but I have to trust His love even through these storms.

I hear His voice telling me to keep my eyes on Him during these times, and sometimes that is akin to being in a hurricane but straining to look through the peep hole of a door. But then this is why we walk by faith and not by sight. Our spiritual eyes don’t see the storm, they see the Savior and His Salvation.

One of the scriptures that He has graciously placed upon my heart is ROMANS 12:12

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” 

The only way to do this, sincerely, is to keep one’s eyes on the One Who calms the storms.

How can we rejoice in hope? We can do this by reminding ourselves that He loves us and He is faithful to do what He said.

How can we be patient in tribulation? By trusting that He is in it with us and He is in control, knowing always or footsteps are ordered. Tribulation is a road not a destination. 

How can we be constant in prayer? We can be constant in prayer because when know one else is willing to listen, Yeshua Jesus is. His Word says:

1 Peter 5:6-7 “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting ALL your care upon Him, for HE CARES FOR YOU.”

He cares for us…He cares for me…He loves me even when it hurts, even when I am confused, even when I feel lost or left out, or alone, He loves me. And He will never leave nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5)

I thank you for allowing me to share my journey here. I am still walking through. More so being cared by the Loving Father.

I share this song with you, as He also puts songs in my heart. This one is by Fred Hammond called “No Greater Love.” Take the time and listen to it and make it personal. Let it minister to your need. Let your soul take joy in knowing and remembering HE LOVES YOU!

Cheers!

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