10 Jan 2017
Whoever said, “No pain, no gain,” was onto something. Exercise takes work. Being a good person takes work. Following the Lord takes work. And sometimes it’s just painful.
For instance, getting humble and admitting that someone else might be right can be painful. Or doing the right thing, even when it’s not popular, can be painful. Admitting our mistakes and imperfections can be painful. But without that kind of pain, we’re not going to gain anything.
If we wish to gain heaven, if we wish to follow the Lord, then there’s some pain involved. But it’s simply the pain of letting God cleanse us and make us whole again. And so, it’s a good pain—this thing called Christian living, and repentance, and conversion of heart.
Whoever said, “No pain, no gain,” was onto something. And what they were onto was the path of holiness.