is faith related to pain tolerance? Can a person with great faith endure more
than a person with little or no faith? What can we learn from people of great
faith that will help us live with chronic illness?|
the early years of my husband's illness, pain made him angry. He fought against
his pain, often lashing out. To suggest he give it to God only frustrated him.
He was the one with an uncooperative body. How could I know how he felt or what
he suffered? Yes, he believed in God and in Jesus Christ, but that belief was
not faith. It was head knowledge, not heart knowledge
our thirty years together, my husband and I have "grown up" in the Lord.
Our faith has changed and deepened. Dependence on God has replaced resentment
with hope. Faith enables us to say, "this world is not my home" and
live based on a healthy spirit rather than a healthy body.
11 names and praises many great people of faith. Verses 13-16 states, "All
these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the
things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they
admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things
show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking
of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead,
they were longing for a better country-a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed
to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them."
faith is strong enough to assure you of eternal life with God, it is strong enough
to see you through the pain in your physical life. My husband has greater physical
pain now than ever before, but he knows God has prepared a place for him where
pain does not exist. Just today he said to me, "I can hardly wait for the
day when I'll never have pain again." He is looking for that city where his
real home lies and because of this, he can endure today.
Chandler has been in a care giving role since 1982 when her husband
began his life-long struggle with pain due to a bone disease. Lora
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