“And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” (Hebrews 12:5–6).
A trial is a painful circumstance allowed by God to change my conduct and my character. My conduct — that’s what I do. And then on a deeper level, my character — that’s who I am. Trials signal that God is making adjustments in my actions and my spirit. Several biblical terms are actually interchangeable: trials, suffering, hardship, tribulation, chastising, and discipline. Trials are hard times!
These hard times vary both in intensity and duration. Tribulation can take you by storm, fast and furious. Or a hardship can stretch over months, years, or even decades, kind of like a slow burn. Trials can be…
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