Monday, October 19, 2009
REFINED BY FIRE
Over the past few months we have been praying for several people in our Church family who have been diagnosed with cancer. The Apostle Peter tells us about living hope. God knows we cannot live without hope. God promises us in 1 Peter 1:6-7-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. And Peter goes on to remind us that even though we do not see Him, we believe in Him and we are filled with joy. When I pray with a cancer patient I am reminded my own trials are nothing. I am also reminded that God is ever present. He loves each of us and is with us every step of the way. Let the patient feel God's love through you. Let your face shine with the joy of the Holy Spirit. We can offer the hope of eternal life. It is our natural instinct to want to know what lies ahead. For the Christian we have the promise of Eternal Life. I John 5:11 God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.