The Generosity of God
Being born of the Spirit is indeed a painful thing, it forces us to reject the self-serving priorities of our previous life and die to those parts of ourselves that lead us into temptation. Our rebirth is of course for a purpose beyond ourselves, God has an eye on the much larger picture of a desired outcome for creation. We are reborn in order to begin the work of restoration. It is a challenging work, beginning with us, but extending into the farthest reaches of our relationship with every piece of the created order.