In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
(1 Peter 1:6-9, ESV)
How do these four verses span the emotional spectrum from grief to inexpressible joy? Such is one beautiful paradox in the life of a believer, the blessings given in and through our trials by the Spirit that result in praise, glory, and honor to Jesus.
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