Read: Hebrews 2:10-18

All of us undergo some form of suffering in our lifetime which can be in the form of mental or physical nature, or loss of our near and dear ones, or a prolonged illness of our family member. Jesus our great Physician knows the pain that you are going through. He has compassion on His children. “For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Heb. 2:18). Always He found time to heal the sick, demon-possessed, leprous people, etc. Jesus deeply cares about you. God sees your labour and will reward you with the crown of life, when you endure hardships (James 1:12). “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10).

Jesus had compassion on all the people who came to Him for deliverance. The woman with flow of blood for 12 years came to Jesus and touched His garment (Luke 8:43-48). In those times, a woman during her impure times, was not supposed to touch anything or anyone, because it would make (it) them unclean (Lev. 15:19-29). She was seen as a socially outcast for 12 years. The leprous people also were isolated from society. They had to announce themselves as “Unclean” out loud while moving around, wear torn clothes, leave their hair uncombed and cover their mouth (Lev. 13:45). It was humiliating. Jesus understood their shame and had compassion on them.

To be delivered, you have to come to Jesus. When Jesus healed people, He wanted them to realise their sin and be forgiven of their sin (Matt. 9:1-8). Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Mark 2:17). Sometimes, your unforgiving attitude can cause you to sin and be in great pain.

At times, your suffering or pain may not go away. Paul had a thorn in the flesh. He asked God to take away his pain thrice (2 Cor. 12:8). God said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul took pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. He realised that, “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9-10). God uses the pain and suffering that you experience to help you realise that you need His grace and to make you a stronger person. This pain is only for a short season. “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18).

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