The other day I was in a spin class at the health club. Near the end of the class and about the time I thought I was just about to die from heat exhaustion, the instructor yelled out to the 30 of us in class, “KEEP GOING, DON’T STOP! PAIN IS JUST THE BODY’S WAY OF GETTING RID OF WEAKNESS!” Well, for the record, I think that is about the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard! I think pain is PAIN. And pain is REAL! We can experience physical pain, emotional pain and spiritual pain. When Jesus was being brutally beaten and being nailed to the cross I know he experienced PAIN like we can’t even imagine! But, he took that pain FOR US which had nothing to do with weakness! And then…. he died on the cross FOR US! Let us remember John 3:16 “ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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