What’s the best reaction we can have when others hurt us? One afternoon after I’d been very hurt by someone, I was thinking about the advice I’d received in the past, like—endure it so you can learn to empathize, or, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, etc., when—another idea occurred to me. Perhaps we also experience pain to teach us to inflict less pain on others.  As I thought about the affliction which was causing my heart to writhe in pain, it was an acute reminder that I would not want anyone else to feel this way either.  

My natural reaction to pain, of course, is just the opposite—lash out and be ugly.

I think God taught me something so wonderful! Pain is a proving ground for learning to love like Jesus. On the cross, He would have been fully justified in destroying His killers; however, His sacrifice of pain paid the price of our for our eternal salvation. From this perspective, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” suddenly takes on a much deeper meaning!  

I am praying that God will teach me to give my pain to Him; and then—let Him be the guide for my speech and actions towards the one who has caused my pain and consider whether my actions will cause pain like the pain I’m suffering. Causing more pain will not bring healing to me. In the wise words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Good words to remember…especially when someone inflicts pain upon us!   

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