Monday, September 11, 2006

This is not hard to grasp. If, when tribulations come, you persevere in devotion to Christ and don't turn against him, then you come out of that experience with a stronger sense that you are real, you are proven, you are not a hypocrite. The tree of trust was bent and it didn't break. Your fidelity and loyalty were put to the test and they passed. Now they have a "proven character." The gold of your faith was put in the fire and it came out refined, not consumed.

When through fiery trials
thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient,
shall be thy supply
'The flame shall not hurt thee,
I only design
Thy dross to consume
and thy gold to refine.

john piper

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