Purposeful Pain

For a disciple of Jesus Christ, sickness becomes a tool in the hands of God. Job was brought to a new awareness of God through his sickness; and Paul enjoyed more of God’s grace through the thorn in his flesh. My first reaction to becoming ill should always be, “Lord, what is Your message in all this?”

Does Jesus want me to always be well? Not until He has accomplished His purposes through my sickness, for having strong, healthy bodies is not God’s first objective for His children; godliness is (1 Timothy 4:8).

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Thy word. Thou art good and doest good; teach me Thy statures” (Psalm 119:67-68).


About Gary Coiro

Nonprofit & Church Leader Nonprofit Leader and Consultant since 2004, following 15 years as a pastor. Competencies include board development, fundraising, staff development and management, strategic planning, church work, Bible teaching, and capital campaigns. Currently consulting and serving on the Church Ministries Management Team for a large multi-cultural evangelical church.
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