Monday, March 6, 2017
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Some days, I'm in a lot of pain. It seems that my whole body aches. Other days, it's like the pain moves from one place to another. It might be my legs or my feet or my knees or my hands. Oh, the joys of getting older and having arthritis! On the days when I have no pain, I am so grateful, and I try to figure out what I may or may not be doing to cause the pain.

Jesus knew all about pain. He suffered incredible pain when He died on the cross. We can't even begin to imagine how much pain He suffered! But we do know why.


Not His sin, because He had no sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21 – God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (NIV 2011)

Our sin. He took our sins upon Himself.

1 Peter 2:24 – "He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed." (NIV 2011)


Our heavenly Father loved us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die for us.

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV 2011)

Jesus loved us so much that He was willing to give His very life for us and suffer the pain of dying on the cross so that we could be saved from our sins and have eternal life when we believe in Him and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour.

1 John 3:16a – This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. (NIV 2011)

John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. (NIV 2011)

Everyone has sinned.

Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (NIV 2011)

Have you accepted God's forgiveness for your sins? Jesus paid the price. He is willing to forgive us when we come to Him in faith.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for sending Your only Son Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus, we can't begin to imagine the pain that You suffered on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could live forever. We thank You that even though we were sinners, You loved us so much that You were willing to suffer and die for us. What amazing love! We are humbled and grateful. By Your Spirit, help us to live our lives in a way that honours You and brings You glory. We pray in Your holy name. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word Dee. God bless.

    And forgive us for being blah-seh about it sometimes. Like it was no big deal.

    I’m praying about your pain. Does Tylenol 3 help?
    Bless you.

    Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Since I suffer from old Arthur, too, your words spoke to me. Blessings.

    Dear Dee,
    I assume that you are taking an Omega 3 suppliment, usually in capsules? I take it along with Glucosamine tablets. Along with exercise and Jesus it changed my life.

    Thanks, Dee for writing to us! Please write some more.
    Be encouraged in all your well-doing.
    With love and prayers for you.

    I needed to read for my edification your deeply touching devotional of the pain and suffering of our Lord! Like you I know about pain. Can’t compare it to what Jesus took upon Himself for sinners one and all. Thank you for this Lenten lesson. The Lord be with us all!

    Dear Dee Renaud,
    Thank you for a truly gospel message.
    We must never forget; and there are always those for whom the message is new. I pray for all for understanding and acceptance of the great sacrifice and love of Jesus
    Christ, our Savior and Lord.
    Keep writing.

    Dear Dee:
    I know your pain. Thank you for sharing this beautiful devotional with all of us. I thank God that we do not have to go through pain that Jesus did. He is my relief and the source of my great joy.
    I pray the Lord will bless you always.

    Dear Dee: I can certainly empathize with you on dealing with pain. It is definitely not easy, when I am feeling the most sorry for myself I bring to mind how very much more pain Jesus suffered for me and my sins. Then I feel bad about complaining. I am glad you wrote this devotional which will remind all of us that we are not alone in our suffering. I am currently fighting a battle with pain while weaning off prednisone, not easy, but reminding myself that one day there will be no more pain and sorrow. Thank you for your words. June.

    Thank you for your devotional. I am grateful that I don’t have the pain that you are talking about. My mother has rheumatoid arthritis and suffers a lot. She once said that she is the best weather announcer because her knees and joints start to ache whenever there is a change in the weather. I pray that one day the researchers would come up with some sort of pain relief medication or better yet to have something that would eradicate this awful degeneration of the bones.
    Your devotional is the message that needs to be shared over and over again.

    Greetings Dee,
    I very much appreciated your Devotional today, and thank You for taking the care you did in researching and writing it. Yes, as we age, pain becomes as inevitable as getting haircuts! I guess it’s God’s way of reminding us of our humanity.
    It is very true, that it is almost beyond belief that Jesus would follow His Father’s wishes, and die a hideous death, in order to be able to forgive us Our sins, when He was sinless! How does one say “Thank You” for that?
    I like your Thought for Today and shall make good use of it.
    Blessings to you and those you love.

    Pain. I know about it. I am on medication and Tylenol for arthritics. It MUST be Tylenol not a store brand as they do not work for me.
    Something that makes my pain worse is weather. Every time there is a change I have arthritis.
    My Doctor suggested I try Cannabis Oil (yes marijuana) sp?? He said it must be the oil not smoking or vaporizing. So I went after the Doctor referred me to a Cannabis. I have not been on it very long and I was told to take it at bedtime because night is the worst. But now I take it also in the morning as I cannot get through the day.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on pain. If we had no pain in this world, we would have little if any empathy for others. Pain is a kind of reality check. It helps us to connect with others in a special way not otherwise possible. And we have the assurance that He knows our pain better than anyone can. We can take comfort in the knowledge that one day all pain shall cease.

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