Refining Fire

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Why do Christians suffer? Rest assured that there is a reason for Christian people being afflicted. One reason why God’s people suffer, according to the Bible, is that it is a disciplinary, chastening, and molding process. From the Scriptures we learn that the chastening of affliction is a step in the process of our full and complete development. Affliction can also be a means of refining and of purification. Many a life has come forth from the furnace of affliction more beautiful and more useful than before.

Read more about why people suffer.

Take a moment to meditate on these 15 comforting Bible verses for troubled times.

Prayer for the day

Lord, whatever I have to face, through it let me learn more of Your love and compassion.

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  1. Sheila Ledford says:

    Thank you.

  2. Maryann says:

    Don’t think there is ever a time, no matter what you are going through, that the Lord isn’t trying to teach you more about Himself. “More about Jesus would I know, more of His grace to others show; More of His saving fullness see, More of His love who died for me.”

  3. Janet says:

    Please pray for my husband to find work that makes him happy. I want him to be happy again. Amen.

  4. Bee Strain says:

    Love getting the devotionals. Can they be sent daily? I have several people that need the Gospel. I already give to the Billy Graham Ministries and Samaritan’s Purse.

  5. Richard says:

    Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
    How comforting!

  6. Vickie says:

    “Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.” – from the Serenity Prayer.

    Peace: John 14:27

    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.
    Living one day at a time;
    enjoying one moment at a time;
    accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    that I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    forever in the next.

  7. Kay Wood says:

    Dear Billy Graham,
    Thank you is just not sufficient to express what you have meant to my life. I grew up in a Christian home, received Christ at 3, then have continued to fall in love with the LORD more & more. You have been such a constant godly testimony to me. May God continue to abundantly bless you and your precious family.

  8. Barbara Joseph says:

    Wisdom and call from prayer warrior, asap! Jer: 32-27

  9. Gerry says:

    Who can know for certain why God permits the things he does. Definitely not I. However, I do know that whatever he allows in our life, it’s for our ultimate best because he is a loving God. He sees the beginning from the end. Whereas we have no idea what the next minute holds in store for us.