Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook
Religion & Spirituality:Christianity
Living the Spiritual Life - Part 7 - Steps to Spiritual Maturity
In tonight's lesson we spent the whole hour discussing how God uses trials to help develop us spiritually. These trials become opportunities for us to grow into spiritual adults and to let our light shine for others to see. Paul wrote, “we exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope” (Rom 5:3-4). James said, “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing” (Jam 1:2-4 CSB). The Lord uses the fire of trials to burn away the dross of our weak character and to refine those golden qualities consistent with His character. The growing believer learns to praise God in and for the trials, knowing He uses them to strengthen our faith and develop us into spiritually mature Christians. Trials can make us bitter or better, depending on how we respond to them.
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