Bible Passage:1 Peter 1:7
that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
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This is the purpose of the cross and all kinds of reverses — to enable us to distinguish between false and real faith. God lays His hand upon us, therefore, to test our faith and reveal it to the world, so that others may be induced to believe, and we also be praised and honored. For just as we exalt God, so will He in return exalt, esteem, and honor us. Scripture throughout likens temptation to fire. Thus St. Peter here compares the gold that is tried by fire to the trial of faith by temptation and suffering. The fire does not take away from the gold, but it makes it pure and bright, so that all dross is removed. So God has imposed the cross upon all Christians, that they might thereby be purified. We need fire and cross such as this daily, because of the old, corrupt Adam. Therefore God throws us into the midst of the fire, that is, into suffering, shame and calamity, so that we may become more and more purified, until we die. Afterwards, there will result a noble reward — praise and glory when Christ shall be revealed.
Whatever God ordains is good!
He never will deceive me;
He leads me by the proper path,
I know He will not leave me;
And take content, What He hath sent;
His hand that sends my sadness,
Will turn my tears to gladness.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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