6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
In my life lately, it seems like it's been one thing after another. One hurt feeling, one grief stricken moment, one sickness, one wounded heart, then... rinse and repeat. Forgiveness comes easy for me, it is purely a gift that I have been given. I am SO grateful for that. However, it doesn't lessen the pain of what life throws at me. It stings. But knowing that through these trials I am being REFINED BY FIRE, I have a wonderful feeling of hope and expectation. Wondering what God will bring me next, what will I find on my plate tomorrow? Will it be more than I've ever expected? You BET it will be. In that, I continue to praise, honor and glorify HIM who brings inexpressable and glorious joy to my soul.
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