And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there shall be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.–Revelation 21:4
How would you define pain? Since 1968, the most widely used definition of pain in clinical settings is the one set forth by pain researcher Margo McCaffery: Pain is “whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever and wherever the person says it does.” In other words, no one can tell another person that they are not in pain. Pain is as unique as the individuals who profess to experience it.
Think about any pain you may be experiencing now–relational pain, physical pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain. Regardless of the kind of pain you are experiencing now it will “soon” be over. The Bible says that in the New Jerusalem “there shall be no more pain, for the former things are passed away.” Whatever kind of pain you feel today, an eternal day is coming in which you will feel it no more if you live in the New Jerusalem. Every God-designed need and longing of the human spirit, soul, and body will be met completely in Christ.
Let today’s pain lead you to tomorrow’s pleasure in heaven.
God…shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C. S. Lewis —–From Turning Point