"There is nobody here this morning who is immune to pain. Nobody. And we should be thankful we aren’t immune, because just like the leper, if we are not able to experience pain we will keep on hurting ourselves and others, sometimes without even knowing it, and we will continue doing damage to our souls and to the souls of others.
Every obstacle, all the pain, each challenge or trial we face is an opportunity to grow our faith. If we lament the fact that we have pain in our lives, we forfeit the opportunity for God to use it for our good and his glory. Even the things in your past that you regret, even that one thing that causes you to feel the most shame, God can use for your good and his glory. I have seen this over and over again in my life and in the lives of others who are willing to face their pain."