Healing Can Bring More Pain

Have you ever noticed times when the healing process can be more painful than the “disease” process was in the first place…

…because it came on so incidiously?

Recently, I went to my eye doctor to get my glasses updated. I was having trouble seeing clearly and thought I probably needed the prescription tweaked; I did, some.  But, my doctor did not like the dryness of my eyes! So, she recommended I started a treatment plan, I did — and now, it has been going on for a few months.

It turns out, my eyes had gotten dry, probably from chronic allergies. After awhile, when I ignored the discomfort, the eyes didn’t feel that bad. However, the dryness was damaging my eyes…

…they were being scratched!

Now, I’m having to use eyedrops to lubricate my eyes as well as drops to lessen the irritation. As my eyes are improving…she has checked them a few times since that first time, I find I notice each little thing that gets near my eyes now. I notice the dryness more now than I did before when they were drier and damaging my eyes more. With healing has come a sensitivity to each hair that comes close to my eyes.

So, what is my point?  As our minds are being renewed by the Holy Spirit, they are being healed. They are twisted and warped without His touch. Only He can give us the values that we need, to live in a fallen, broken world. Only He can make us aware of where we need to change…

…and what we need to change into!

These changes do not come without pain and discomfort. At times, we wonder why we still have pain.  We think we should be beyond it and that we “should” be healed by now. But, with more healing, the more painful will be the reality of the brokenness around us.

As we see and experience forgiveness, receive grace, and the love of God — the more sensitive we are to evil.  We don’t want to go back, we can’t go back…

…the healing has begun.

Redemption and sanctification are progressing; changing us from the inside out. However, we are more sensitive now to sin and its results in our lives than ever before!  This is a good thing.  Even though painful, let the healing continue so our vision will be true. So our eyes will see with wisdom and discernment.

Question: Where do you need the healing of the Holy Spirit in your life regarding sensitivity to something that must change for the healing to continue?  Share your comment by clicking here.

{For further thought: Psalm 51:9-11; Romans 12:1-2; II Corinthians 4:7-9, 16-18; Ephesians 4:20-24; Colossians 3:7-10; Titus 3:4-6. <– May you will find these passages and surrounding verses very encouraging. Like salve to a painful scrape.}


  1. says

    I just got home from our women’s lifeserve group and our discussion this evening was basically what you wrote about in your post. Your words are such an encouragement and I am emailing this post to the gals in my group. Thanks so much!!

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