STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

SUFFERING CAN PURIFY MY
FAITH
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In this you greatly rejoice, though
now for a little while you may have had to
suffer grief in all kinds of
trials. These have come so that your faith—of
greater worth than gold, which
perishes even though refined by fire—may be
proved genuine and may result in
praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is
revealed. 1 Peter
1:6-7

Believers in North Korea’s underground church recite five
principles, along
with the Lord’s Prayer, at their secret gatherings. The
special place of
purifying suffering in the spiritual life of this church is
striking:

1. Our persecution and suffering are our joy and
honor.

2. We want to accept ridicule, scorn and disadvantages with joy in
Jesus’
name.

3. As Christians, we want to wipe others’ tears away and
comfort the
suffering.

4. We want to be ready to risk our life because
of our love for our neighbor,
so that they

also become
Christians.

5. We want to live our lives according to the standards set
in God’s Word.

Christian singer, Helen Berhane was arrested for sharing
her faith in her home
country of Eritrea. She spent almost three years in
prison, much of this time
in a metal shipping container. Because she would
not deny her faith or stop
sharing her faith, she was beaten so severely she
could not walk. During her
time in the containers she wrote new Christian
songs and spent her time
encouraging other Christian prisoners, as well as
witnessing to the prison
guards.

After her release, she resettled in
Europe and has written her prison memoirs
in a small book titled, Song of the
Nightingale. In the introduction when
describing her feelings inside the
shipping container prison, she writes:

Sometimes I cannot believe that
this is my life—these four metal walls, all of
us corralled like cattle, the
pain, the hunger, the fear. All because of my
belief in a God who is risen,
who charges me to share my faith with those who
do not yet know him. A God
who I am forbidden to worship. I think back to a
question I have been asked
many times over my months in prison: “Is your faith
worth this, Helen?” As
the guards continue on their rounds, I whisper the
answer:
“Yes.”[1]

RESPONSE: Today I will accept suffering as something that can
prove and purify
my faith.

PRAYER: Lord, thank You for those trials
and challenges that help me be more
like You. You are worth it all and
more!

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