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Refinement

on March 11, 2012

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”  1 Peter 1:6-7

We can be sure, as Christians, that we will face many trials in this life.  Things aren’t guaranteed to always be easy, and nothing hardly ever seems “perfect.”  Trials and temptations are discouraging, but we must be willing to accept that they are a part of life.

The attitude that we have concerning our trials can make a huge difference in the outcome.  Peter compares the trial of our faith unto gold.  In order for gold to be the quality metal it is, it must first go through a refinement process where it is heated.  Through the heating, the impurities are separated from the pure gold.

The same is true for Christians.  The refinement process we go through is the trials and temptations we face.  Through these trials we can draw closer to God and become more pure and more like Him.  By undergoing this process, we will find ourselves unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”  James 1:12

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