The Pain Paradox of Discouragement – March 12 – Journey of Leadership Daily Devotion

In life, there are two types of pains. The pain of punishment and the pain of necessity. 

When you are discouraged as a result of wrong choices or decisions you have made at a particular time, that’s called the pain of discouragement.

The best way to deal with this is to quickly retrace your step back to where you missed it and ask God to help you do things right. Repentance and rebounding are two important things that will help in this kind of  a situation. 

But sometimes, the reason discouragement seems to be attacking you is because you have made a right difficult decision which will bring a temporal discomfort but lasting and enduring advantage in the latter times.

For instance, when Jesus was to be crucified, He went to pray in Gesthemane, asking God to take away the cup of suffering from Him if it is possible. But He prayed further that, 
“Yet, I want your will to be done” (Matthew 26:39).

In verse 42, He left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Embrace the Cup that cannot be taken Away

There are certain pains we must embrace if we must fulfill the plan of God for our lives. Choosing to obey God when you also have the alternative of responding to your selfish desire will certainly give you the cup that cannot be taken away. 

Become “I want Your will to be done” Person

Doing the will of God may bring a temporal pain to you, but it will give you everlasting joy on the long run. So, a deliberate action to make this right choice is what leads to the pain paradox of discouragement.

But, every time you look beyond the present pain to the greater joy ahead, discouragement will be replaced with courage to carry on inside you. 

#PrayerBurden
Pray for the courage to do God’s will at all costs!
 

#QuoteForLeaders
“Embrace the Cup that cannot be taken Away

#ScriptureSpeak
“…Weep not; behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof” (Revelation 5:5)

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