Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
I don't like the times of trial. They are a pain! The apostle Paul knew this pain, as did those he wrote to. Christians in every age have endured trials. No, we don't like them.
1 Peter 3:6 describes us as rejoicing, even though we have been grieved by our trials. Our rejoicing comes not through avoiding trials but through knowledge that Jesus, risen from the dead, has proven victorious over trials. He has won the eternal battle. He will care for his people in that eternal battle.
Verse seven describes the true Christian faith as "more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire" (ESV). Even something very enduring in earthly standards will fail. But faith in Jesus, the eternal Lord, will never fail. We can rejoice in him even during the worst trial!
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