1 Peter 4: 1-3
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you are willing to suffer for Christ, you have decided to stop sinning. 2 And you won’t spend the rest of your life chasing after evil desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy-their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Most people live their life doing anything they can to avoid pain.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.  We all suffer pain in this life.  No one is exempt from it.  But that does not keep many for running from it or living their life for the next good time.  As followers of Christ our focus should be different.  We should be willing and prepared to do God’s will and to suffer for it if necessary.  When we can come to this point in our walk with Christ, sin loses its power to defeat us.  If we focus on Christ and what He wants us to do, even if that means suffering for Him. sin has lost its power over us.  When we are in pain or our life is in jeopardy, our real values clearly show, and sinful pleasures have no meaning.  You will never hear a dying person say, “I wish I had spent more time drinking, or gambling or cheating my neighbor.”  No, what you will hear is “I wish I had told you sooner how much you meant to me.” Or, “I wish I had spent more time with my family.”  These are the things that are really important and the momentary pleasures of sin lose their appeal.  So whatever it is that Christ is asking you to do today, or whatever pain it may cause you, do it!  You momentary discomfort will be worth the eternal joy of pleasing your Savior!

Have a God Day!