PAIN IS GOOD
Bryan Matthew Dockens

Rarely is pain thought to be a good thing, but for one who suffers from congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis, pain would be welcome.  CIPA is a rare genetic disorder that makes one unable to feel pain.  Imagine not knowing you’ve bitten your tongue, your hand is on a hot stove, your appendix has burst, or you’ve stepped on a rusty nail because you simply cannot experience pain.  Only a fool would think it good to be unaware of constant jeopardy to life or limb.  Thus evaluated, all would agree: pain is good.

The Holy Spirit warns of a like condition, spiritually.  “Alienated from the life of God” are those who are “past feeling” (Ephesians 4:17, 19).  They are numb, insensitive to sin’s danger, and thus “have given themselves over to… work all uncleanness” (19).  Among the ones who “depart from the faith” are those “having their consciences seared with a hot iron” (1st Timothy 4:2).  Such souls have deliberately cauterized their spiritual nerves, desensitizing themselves to the moral anguish of acting contrary to God’s will.

“’Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?  No!  They were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush.  Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; in the time of their punishment they shall be cast down’, says Jehovah” (Jeremiah 8:12).  It is in each one’s best interest to find iniquity painful.  Only when “they were cut to the heart” did any ever ask, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).  Only by sorrow is there repentance leading to salvation (2nd Corinthians 7:10).

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