Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/21/12

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.”
   (Isaiah 48:10)

It is seldom pleasant to be disciplined or to go through affliction, yet many of us have suffered at times with various afflictions used to discipline us, to bring us closer to the Lord, to separate us from sinful behavior or train us to bear fruit, to be more in line with the person He created us to be. We might wish to be spared such trials or discomfort, yet we should not be discouraged or disappointed for the scriptures tell us that God tests those He loves. The fires are not meant to destroy us, but to refine us into shining examples of His love, that we might shine forth as dearly loved disciples speaking truth into a dying world.

May the Lord’s loving hand bring you forth shining in His glory.

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