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My wanting to avoid pain is , it’s just not always .

Jesus bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me.

-Matthew 26:39

1 Growth=


My growth will be dictated by my through the pain.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

-James 1:2-4

2  Pain always has a .

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

-Romans 8:28

3 I have two choices when it comes to pain. Either I will become .

I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you my peace. I’m not giving you the kind of peace the world tries to give you, so don’t let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

-John 14:27

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1 How have you seen pain in the past be used for good either in your life or the lives of those close to you

2 In what area of life do you need to push through the pain?

3 What is your next step as a result of this message?