All of us go to great lengths to alleviate or avoid pain in our lives. Some painful episodes are harder to process because we struggle with the question: why must it happen to me? Even for Christians, pain can be a powerful obstacle, or even deal breaker to their faith. How do we reconcile belief in a good God with bad things in our lives? More importantly, how can we find purpose, hope and comfort in our moments of pain?
- Jesus claims that Lazarus died so that God may be glorified. How does the story of Lazarus inspire you to have a better perspective amid difficult circumstances?
- How do you usually react in moments of pain? What would empower Christians to go through bad things in life with hope and joy?
- What does the speaker mean by ‘Christianity’s answer to pain is not a philosophy, but a person’? Share a moment when you were deeply comforted by the love of God.