We must never forget that the very purpose of repentance is to take certain misery and transform it into pure bliss. Thanks to His ?immediate goodness,?8 the instant we come unto Christ??demonstrating faith in Him and a true change of heart??the crushing weight of our sins starts to shift from our backs to His.
Regardless of the causes of our worst hurts and heartaches, the ultimate source of relief is the same: Jesus Christ. He alone holds the full power and healing balm to correct every mistake, right every wrong, adjust every imperfection, mend every wound, and deliver every delayed blessing. Like witnesses of old, I testify that ?we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities?15 but rather a loving Redeemer who descended from His throne above and went forth ?suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind ? , that he may know ? how to succor his people.?
As you allow Him to do so, you will discover that your suffering was not in vain. Speaking of many of the Bible?s greatest heroes and their griefs, the Apostle Paul said that ?God ? provided some better things for them through their sufferings, for without sufferings they could not be made perfect.?19 You see, the very nature of God and aim of our earthly existence is happiness,20 but we cannot become perfect beings of divine joy without experiences that test us, sometimes to our very core. Paul says even the Savior Himself was made eternally ?perfect [or complete] through sufferings.?21 So guard against the satanic whispering that if you were a better person, you would avoid such trials.