SERMON

MAKING SENSE OF PAIN

By

Dr Hera Lukman

On

6 OCT 2019

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33 (NIV)

  • It can be really difficult to talk about pain and there are many ways one respond to emotional pain.
  • Emotional pain has to be managed and dealt with as it affects health, relationships and performance.
  • If we feel that something is not right, we have to talk to someone about it 


Lessons to be learnt 1: We have a deeper problem than pain 

  • As a Christian, we should not over-spiritualise mental disorders 
  • Any mental distress have multiple causes they are not usually due to a single factor or a single sin


Lessons to be learnt 2: We need community to journey through pain 

  • Community is important 
  • In Mark 2:1-12, the paralyzed man had friends to lift him down to Jesus from the roof
  • In John 5:1-15, the paralyzed man did not have a community, and Jesus found him and became his community 
  • Everybody needs community
  • Sometimes, we can have many friends and communities, but still feel lonely 


Lessons to be learnt 3: The Wounded Savior seeks us in our pain 

  • Behind every pain, there is the shadow of the cross 
  • There are some of us that have been praying and seeking help for our pain, but it doesn't go away. The Scripture reassures us that 
  • John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." 

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