Pain is Not in Vain


Getting a pedicure gives me something to qualm about. It gives me a sensation of a bit ticklish but more of the painful side.   I cringe and anticipate the pain as the  pedicurist pushes back the cuticle using a metal pusher.  The worst part is when a dead skin or a cuticle is stuck-up in the corner of a toenail and the only option is for the pedicurist to put a pressure as she tries to push out the dead skin or the cuticle.  However, what a relief it is when everything is over and done. Much more, it feels good (or even better) when a nail polish is applied.

Much like when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become new.  “Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When we acknowledge Jesus to take control and rule our life, we undergo chastisement. All of the wrongdoings need to be torn out from our system.  And more often than not, there are certain attitudes or vices that are quite hard to break.  However for as long as we desire to change and be renewed, by His grace Jesus can change and renew us.  Jesus can turn our mess into an inspiring message.  Jesus can convert our test into a moving testimony.  And with all the ugliness in us (inside and out), Jesus can transform us into an awesome beauty.

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