Pain is a process with a purpose. God doesn't cause our pain. Because we live in a world that is sinful and fallen, we will experience pain, trials and suffering. God always has a purpose. His purpose: to conform us to the image of His Son - reflect the image of Christ. Only God can make something beautiful from ashes. Through this process oiur characters are built, we draw closer to God, we become more like Jesus.
To avoid bitterness, know that God is with you in the journey. Jesus wept. He wept for Jerusalem and He wept when Lazarus died. He knows what we feel. He isn't far away at these painful times, He stands right beside us. In these difficult times you need to :
- draw close to God by spending time reading the Bible
- continue to meet in community i.e. meet for worship with God's people (Church)