I don’t like pain.
I don’t enjoy suffering.
But deep pain and suffering have left a lasting impression on my soul. Experiencing the loss of a child has enlarged my heart and sharpened my senses to the pain and suffering around me.
Choosing transparency in pain is hard and vulnerability is frightening.
But when I let others in, they see that I am just like them. I struggle, I cry out for mercy, I need God’s grace, mercy and strength to carry on.
And that lends authority to my invitation to meet Jesus.
It changes a “sales pitch” into a genuine message backed up by the evidence of His compassion and care in my own broken life.
Even more, they know that I KNOW-I understand pain, I understand struggle and I understand desperation.
Jesus came, in part, to embody the heart of God to the world. He came to give abundant proof that God loves us. He walked gently among the wounded and healed the sick and hurting.
Jesus has all authority because He was obedient in suffering. His love for us kept Him bound to the cross. His Father’s love raised Him from the dead.
When I choose compassion, when I choose to suffer alongside the suffering, I am most like Him.
And my living example of His eternal one is a powerful testimony of His work in my life and a grace-filled invitation for others to receive forgiveness, grace and mercy in their own time of need.
Seeing that we have a great High Priest who has entered the inmost Heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to our faith. For we have no superhuman High Priest to whom our weaknesses are unintelligible—he himself has shared fully in all our experience of temptation, except that he never sinned.
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with fullest confidence, that we may receive mercy for our failures and grace to help in the hour of need.