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My husband is disabled and in high pain daily and on morphine to keep the pain down to a seven on the pain scale. The Scriptures that I see on suffering seem to relate the gospel to persecution when reading in context. How would I relate the gospel to my husband’s pain since it’s not related to persecution? – Supporting Member
This question is not only a smart and insightful one, but it is a plea from someone who loves God and her husband. She wants to think rightly about what is happening in their lives. She is also looking in the right direction—the gospel—for help and hope.
God was clear and direct to Adam by stating that if he ate the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, he would most assuredly die (Genesis 2:16-17). We not only know the rest of the story but because we were born “in Adam,” we are experiencing the rest of it in real and despairing ways.
After Adam ate the fruit from the forbidden tree, there was a dramatic change in his body and soul. His immediate transformation was only part of the curse that humanity has experienced because of that blunder. He started a “death march” to his future grave while experiencing physical challenges, upheavals, and deterioration of his health (Genesis 3:18).
Physical suffering proclaims that we need the gospel. Only the good news of a Savior can bring a reversal of the death that we are living. Christ is the last Adam, and rather than submitting to the temptations of Satan (Matthew 4:1-11), He resisted so He could rescue you and me (1 John 3:8).
As you think about the gospel and physical suffering, I want you to reflect on these seven connections. If you enjoy writing, take the time to put your thoughts down. If you had rather talk to someone, connect with your friend, and discuss how the Spirit is motivating you. Some of you will want to communicate with those who are suffering. Perhaps sharing this resource with them will bring practical encouragement. (Check out all our articles.)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).
Rick Thomas leads a training network for Christians to assist them in becoming more effective soul care providers. RickThomas.Net reaches people around the world through consulting, training, podcasting, writing, counseling, and speaking.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology, and in 1991 he received a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).