All believers face trials when they let their light shine into darkness.  I must accept trials as part of the refining process that burns away impurities and prepares me to meet Jesus Christ.  As gold is heated, impurities float to the top and can be skimmed off.  Likewise, my trials, struggles and persecutions refine and strengthen my faith, making me more useful to God.  Instead of asking, "Why me?" I should respond to suffering with a fresh perspective.

First, confidence that God knows, plans and directs my life for the good.  It's hard for me to grasp sometimes, but God always provides His love and strength for me.  God leads me toward a better future.  Second, perseverance when I'm facing grief, anger, sorrow or pain.  I express my feelings, but I don't give in to bitterness or despair.  Finally, courage because with Jesus as my Brother and Savior I need not be afraid.  He who suffered for me will not abandon me!  Jesus will carry me through everything.

1 Peter 1:6-7 "So be truly glad.  There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.  These trials will show that your faith is genuine.  It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.  So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world."

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