"Blessed are the peacemakers" Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
Because we live on a broken planet, pain is a part of life. No one lives a pain-free life. Pain is inevitable, universal, and present in our lives for our time on Earth. Following Jesus does not end our pain - it transforms it! Jesus gives meaning and purpose to our pain. Regardless of the reason or cause for our pain, God can use it for our benefit, for his purposes, and to help others. God never wastes a hurt. He takes our hurts, hang-ups, and habits and weaves them into his plan for our lives. In the “Life’s Healing Choices” series, we've discovered how to tap into God's healing power based on the choices we make. As we start experiencing healing and God's peace, God wants us to share our experiences with others.
"God was in Christ, offering peace and forgiveness to the people of this world. And he has given us the work of sharing his message about peace." 2 Corinthians 5:19 (CEV) The key indication that we are healing and recovering is when we start using our painful experiences to help other people. The decision we make to start helping others is The Sharing Choice:
"I choose to yield myself to God to be used to bring the Good News to others, both by my example and by my words."