In a time of trial I found these very helpful and precious to me (taken from the 23 min sermon below by Charles Leiter).
Christians need to get hold of these truths:
1. When you go into the fire, it is because you are precious to Him. "being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire," 1 Pet 1:6-7. Nobody refines rocks or mud, but God refines you like gold because you're more precious than gold to Him.
2. You're being pruned to bare fruit. If you're getting the knife then you're doing something right. The Gardener is never so near as when He's pruning. "every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit." John 15:2
3. God chastens whom He loves.
Understanding Trials by Charles Leiter 23 min.
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