No pain, no gain

Remembering back in my elementary school days, it is very hard to forget the fact that through most of my grade 4-7 years, I had been bullied and the target of harassment after I had moved to my second home in Canada.
Not being able to tell my teachers and parents out of fear, it wasn’t the easiest time to go through and in one sense, it had lead me to become more introverted and enclosed to myself. There were days when I cried myself to sleep feeling I had no support.

Yet after thinking back about those experiences, it made me realize that through out that whole time, God was growing stronger in my life. He gave me the strength to go through each day, gave me the heart to forgive those who mistreated me and most importantly the heart of repentance for my own sinfulness into a loving relationship with Christ. Instead of carrying the painful burden of spite and hatred towards the ones who had hurt me, Christ lifted the burned away from my heart which was beyond anything I had ever experienced before.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1 ESV)

It gave me a new perspective about what had happened and I can attest that if I had not gone through all that pain, the realization of Christ in my life may not have strengthened. The more pain I had gone through, the more I understood that Christ was there for me and my support when I felt there was no where to go. The experience which I feared to share with others as a child, has now become a testimony of the transformation Christ has made in my life.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV)

Although different people go through different degrees of pain in their life, the God of all creation can support you if you allow Him to. Do you still carry a heavy burden in your heart that pierces and eats away at you? I pray you may find peace in Christ Jesus who can support you wholly and that you may come to an understanding that Christ is made perfect in our weaknesses.

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