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Questions and Answers | Handling Physical Pain

Is there a right way for Christians to handle physical pain? I've known some tough old birds in my life who dealt with a lot of pain on a daily basis and never knuckled under. Can this be explained biblically?

Different generations have different perspectives on physical pain. Some were raised to downplay pain as much as possible. They didn’t want to appear weak in any way. But our bodies are unique, and people tolerate pain differently based on age, fitness, gender, childhood trauma, immune system, and more.

The Bible does contain stories of people who suffered physical and mental anguish. The book of Job, for example, explores the pain of one single individual. In many ways Job’s life ground to a halt as he struggled with and questioned his pain and suffering. It is clear that Job did not power through as though nothing was happening.

Healthcare workers tell us that pain can be your body’s way of crying out, “Help me!” God designed our bodies perfectly, and it can be dangerous to ignore or dismiss these warning signs. We can also turn to God, the great Physician, who knows us intimately, gives us strength to endure life’s trials, and is able to heal if He chooses

BY Dr. Rosalie de Rosset

Dr. Rosalie de Rosset has been teaching at Moody Bible Institute in the Communications Department for over five decades. She is occasionally featured on Moody Radio. Rosalie is a published author, respected speaker, and talented writer. She lives on the northside of Chicago, a city she enjoys for its natural beauty and multi-faceted art offerings.

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