𝕃𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕖𝕣𝕤 ℝ𝕖𝕛𝕠𝕚𝕔𝕖 𝕚𝕟 𝕋𝕣𝕚𝕒𝕝𝕤
The 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝗼𝐟 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬, hardships, or difficult situations has been something God has been showing me for the last four months. Living a life of faith in Jesus Christ requires 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 and endurance cannot be developed without trials. Like the requirement of resistance to stress our muscles so that they grow and strengthen, so is the need for trials to grow our our 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫. (Romans 5:3-4)
𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐚𝐥 𝗼𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡. Peter, in this letter, is writing to leader and he compares their faith to gold. 𝐆𝗼𝐥𝐝 𝐠𝗼𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝗼𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝗼 𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝. Likewise, trials are the fire that refines our faith.
Rejoice in your trials because if you allow it, through them you become more and more 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐟𝗼𝐫𝗺𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝗼 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝗺𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝗼𝐟 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭.
Today, we will have more than one verse. I believe that it’s important we understand the context of what we read in the Bible, so we have a set of verses that provide a fuller picture of what Peter is saying to the leaders he is writing to.
“Through our faith, the mighty power of God constantly guards us until our full salvation is ready to be revealed in the last time. May the thought of this cause you to jump for joy, even though lately you’ve had to put up with the grief of many trials. But these only reveal the sterling core of your faith, which is far more valuable than gold that perishes, for even gold is refined by fire. Your authentic faith will result in even more praise, glory, and honor when Jesus the Anointed One is revealed.
You love him passionately although you did not see him, but through believing in him you are saturated with an ecstatic joy, indescribably sublime and immersed in glory. For you are reaping the harvest of your faith—the full salvation promised you—your souls’ victory!”
1 𝑃𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑟 1:5-9 𝑇𝑃𝑇