Now I see pain more clearly. Pain is not the enemy. False beliefs are the enemy. Lies are the enemy. We can waste years running from pain and avoiding difficult truths about ourselves. But when we get clarity around our pain, we can pursue the healing we need. We can stop fearing pain and begin to embrace it. Pain helps us see where something is unhealthy inside us. When you find out what’s causing the pain, you can get the help you need.
We have all known those who content themselves with a profession of Christ and a smattering of gifts and works, and who do not wish to know if there is more to the Christian life. They are the ones whose graces freeze when winter winds buffet their souls. But the saint whose faith has been insulated from error by the truth of the gospel will be able to withstand all Satan’s icy blasts.