The Fruit of Illness
Pain has a way of bringing out the worst in us.
Sickness is a refining process! Malachi 3:3 states that God is like a refiner of silver who purifies his people.
Includes a number of processes used for the removal of impurities from impure metals produced by the smelting process. Impurities are removed by introducing air into the molten metal or exposing the metal to air, and by the addition of various fluxes and the removal of impurities as gases, drosses, or liquid slags. Lead, tin, and some types of impure copper are also fire-refined.mindat.org
Pain changes us. It can embitter us making us angry people always being a victim of our circumstances, it can make us complacent where we are complacently just surviving and making it through our days—– OR, OR we can let the fearful lies that prompt that kind of attitude to be removed by the various fluxes we go through. We can submit to the process and allow the impurities to be refined by the fire of pain and choose faith.
“ rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” (Romans 5:3-4)
So if we can choose rejoicing because we know who our God is and who we are as a daughter, brides, & sister to the Trinity.
We can know that we there is a calling and an anointed on our lives to be ambassadors of Christ. And we know that our God is madly in love with us and that the kingdom we serve is one of perfection…
IF WE believe these things- then we actually can rejoice and have a hope in the midst of the refining pain.
We fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
God, the Eternal, Almighty King has every intention of sharing His glory with you.
This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison2 Corinthians 4:17