Bible verses about pain
Everyone hates suffering, but the fact is pain changes people. It’s not meant to make us weak it’s to make us stronger. When Christians go through pain in life it helps us to get back on the path of righteousness. We lose all self-reliance and turn to the only one who can help us.
Think of pain while weightlifting. It might hurt, but you are becoming stronger in the process. More weights equals more pain. More pain equals more strength.
God is healing through the process and you don’t even know it. It might be hard, but we must find joy in pain. How do we do that? We must seek Christ.
How can this situation help to make me more like Christ? How can this situation be used to help others? These are the things we have to ask ourselves.
Whether you are in physical or emotional pain seek help and comfort from God, who is our Almighty Healer. Find encouragement from His Word and keep your mind on Him.
He knows what you’re going through and He will help you. The storm doesn’t last forever.
- “Pain is temporary quitting lasts forever.”
- “Pain doesn’t just show up in our lives for no reason. It’s a sign that something needs to change.”
- “The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.”
- “One of the main ways we move from abstract knowledge about God to a personal encounter with him as a living reality is through the furnace of affliction.” Tim Keller
- “Often, we endure trials seeking God’s deliverance from them. Suffering is painful for us to endure or to see those we love endure. While our instinct is to flee trials, remember that even in the midst of suffering, God’s will is being done.” Paul Chappell
What does the Bible say?
1. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 That’s why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day. This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison, because we do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal.
2. Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
Share in the suffering of Christ.
3. Romans 8:17-18 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
4. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
5. 2 Corinthians 1:5-6 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you. Then you can patiently endure the same things we suffer. We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in the comfort God gives us.
6. 1 Peter 4:13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
Pain should never cause you to go astray and quit.
7. Job 6:10 At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
8. 1 Peter 5:9-10 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Pain should lead you to repentance.
9. Psalm 38:15-18 For I am waiting for you, O LORD. You must answer for me, O Lord my God. I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me or rejoice at my downfall.” I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain. But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.
10. 2 Corinthians 7:8-11 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right.
He will never forsake you.
11. Deuteronomy 31:8 Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
12. Genesis 28:15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
13. Psalm 37:24-25 Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
14. Psalm 112:6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
Seek the Lord
15. Psalm 50:15 Call to me in times of trouble. I will save you, and you will honor me.”
16. Nahum 1:7 The Lord is good, giving protection in times of trouble. He knows who trusts in him.
17. Psalm 147:3-5 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and names each one. Our Lord is great and very powerful. There is no limit to what he knows.
18. Psalm 6:2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony.
19. Psalm 68:19 The Lord deserves praise! Day after day he carries our burden, the God who delivers us. Our God is a God who delivers; the LORD, the sovereign Lord, can rescue from death.
20. Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
21. Psalm 119:50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
22. Romans 15:4 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us patience and encouragement so that we can have hope.