The Deeper Meaning of Suffering: Spirituality’s Role in Chronic Pain


Suffering can be a very difficult part of life. For example, if you or someone close to you has a chronic medical condition like fibromyalgia, then it can make everyday life even more challenging. Say’s Dr Julian Ungar-Sargon, In order to understand why God allows suffering and how we can respond to it in an appropriate way, we need to delve into what the Bible says about pain.

Why did God create pain?

God created pain to help us feel. Pain is a reminder of our mortality, which can be frightening and overwhelming. When we are in pain, it forces us to slow down and focus on something other than the busyness of our lives–it makes us more aware of our bodies and how they function on a daily basis. This can lead us to appreciate life more deeply because we see firsthand what it’s like when things go wrong with them!

Pain also teaches compassion for others who suffer from chronic illness and injury; this empathy often leads people into helping professions where they can support others going through similar experiences (like physical therapy). In this way, God uses suffering as an opportunity for growth in multiple areas: emotional development, physical health maintenance skills (such as stretching exercises), social skills related to helping others…the list goes on!

Spirituality and Chronic Pain

Spirituality is a powerful force in helping people cope with chronic pain. In fact, it can even help you find meaning in your suffering and life itself.

First, spirituality helps you cope with chronic pain by providing a sense of purpose and hope for the future. This is especially true if you believe that God has something special planned for you–regardless of what’s going on now! It gives us something bigger than ourselves to live for (and die for).

Second, spirituality provides meaning through worshiping God through prayer, reading scripture together as a family unit or community group, attending church services regularly (especially those that focus on healing), etc…

How God can help you with your chronic pain

The pain of chronic illness can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to feel isolated. But God is always with you, even when you’re in pain. He knows what it’s like to suffer and heal; he has been there before us all.

God wants to help us find peace and comfort in the midst of our pain–and this isn’t just an abstract concept; it’s something that happens every day among Christians who suffer from chronic illness or disability.

I know firsthand how much God cares about people who are hurting because my husband suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA causes progressive muscle weakness throughout his body–the most severe form affects just four percent of patients worldwide–which means that he needs help getting around every day. As someone who has watched him struggle with his illness since we met 20 years ago, I can tell you that no one deserves such suffering more than my husband does! Yet even though he struggles physically every day with tasks as simple as standing up from sitting down or walking up stairs without assistance (or even crawling), there is still joy within him despite all this suffering; indeed, joy overflows from within him despite all this suffering! And why? Because he knows that God loves him unconditionally despite our weaknesses and shortcomings; moreover, he believes wholeheartedly that Christ died so we could be forgiven for our sins–even if those sins include bad attitudes toward others due to poor health conditions!

Suffering is a part of the human experience, but it doesn’t always have to be accompanied by despair.

Suffering is a part of the human experience, but it doesn’t always have to be accompanied by despair.

This may seem like an obvious idea, but when you’re suffering from chronic pain and struggling with depression, this truth can be hard to hold onto. In fact, many people end up feeling like their suffering has no purpose or meaning at all–in other words, they feel utterly hopeless about their future and their life as it stands now. But there are ways that spirituality can help us find meaning in our suffering without falling into despair over our condition (or any other challenging circumstances).


We believe that the reason God created pain is so we can learn from it. In the same way that suffering can make us stronger, it can also help us find meaning in life and connect with others who may be experiencing similar struggles. Through this process of growth, we become more like Christ–who experienced deep pain as he carried our sins on the cross–and are better prepared for eternity in heaven with him!

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