Necessary Pain

This morning I was reading in Oswald Chamber’s devotional classic My Utmost for His Highest.

??Chambers was talking about Jesus’ pointed question to Peter, “Do you love me?” (John 21:17)
This was on the heels of Peter emphatically declaring that he would never deny Jesus – and then promptly denies him three times!
How that question – asked three times – must have pained Peter. Yet the pain and shame were necessary. In order for Peter to become the man God needed him to be – the pain was necessary and good.
Of this, Chambers writes, “Unless we are experiencing the hurt of facing every deception within ourselves, we have hindered the Word of God in our lives.”
Though it might sound counter-intuitive to gaining spiritual maturity, we must each come to grip with the depths of our own depravity, the deceitfulness of our hearts, the corruption of our affections. Only then can God’s Word do its complete work in our lives. As we see no sufficiency in ourselves – it is then that God can do his work in us.
May we experience the anguish of self that Peter experienced.