We all face tragedy in our lives at some point. Some more than others. No one can escape tragedy. So whats the best way to handle painful tragedies?

Lets study how one of the greatest teacher who ever lived handled the greatest tragedy the day before his death.

And Jesus didn't just give us a model in his life. He gave us a model for handling pain in his death. He modeled what you should do during the worst day of your life. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:21, “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (NIV).
So what did Jesus do during the worst, most painful day of his life on Earth?
1. He reached out to friends. On the night that Jesus knew he was going to be arrested, tortured, and executed, the last thing he did on the earth was gather with his closest friends. Jesus didn’t ask for speeches or advice. He asked for their presence.
Most of the time, we do just the opposite when we’re experiencing pain. We pull away. That’s just dumb! God never meant for us to go through pain on our own. That’s why you need to be involved in some sort of small group environment in a local body of believers.
2. He reached out to God through prayer. You need friends in times of trouble, but you need God even more. God will be by your side when no one else will.
Jesus did this in the Garden of Gethsemane. And in doing so, he gave us a terrific model for prayer during suffering: You affirm God’s power. (Pray something like, “Lord, you can do anything.”) Second, express your desire. (“I don’t want this pain.”) Third, submit to his will. (“Don’t do what I want; do what you want.”)
You weren’t designed to go through suffering alone. As times get tough — and they will — reach out and reach up.
You’ll be glad you did.
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21 NLT

Reference: "Facing the Fears that Ruin Relationships", Rick Warren

 

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