Pain — especially chronic pain — can drive a person to seek temporary or even permanent relief that is just flat wrong. The pain counsels us to try this or that, even when this or that is completely illogical and morally wrong.
Pain tries to be both our torturer and our counselor as well. But pain’s counsel is not in our best interest nor in the best interest of bringing glory to God.
The counsel of chronic pain can lead a person to suicide, even though that really does not solve anything. The afterlife for suiciders is not pain-free.
The counsel of chronic pain can lead a person to do things or try things that they never would have imagined they would ever do. Nonetheless, they are counseled, they are tempted, and some sadly cave-in to the counsel.
As a person who lives in bed and in chronic pain I can testify to the “counsels” of the pain, the “advice” that might set me free from the pain, either temporarily or permanently.
If you too are in a minute-by-minute battle with chronic pain (physical and emotional), you too have heard the “counsel” of the pain.
Let’s agree to wholeheartedly reject the counsel of chronic pain, and hold firmly to the counsel of the scriptures and the Holy Spirit.
Yes, we are in a war… a war of life and death! Let’s choose life and those things that will result in our lives bringing glory to God. Our perseverance is a tremendous testimony!
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
📖 James 1:12
See you at the altar of prayer, my fellow pain warriors! Not only can we survive, we can thrive in our spirit even as we persevere!