“a trial by fire” (1Peter 4:12) In the midst of flames, we are tempted to grumble against the Lord or blame other people for our trials. We must overcome these temptations by holding on to hope through prayer, fasting and almsgiving as countless saints have done throughout the centuries. For Christians, temptations are the path by which we learn to know our heart in all sincerity. Only then can we face the harsh realities of our lives, repent of our sins, and commit ourselves to follow the Lord unreservedly with our whole heart.
Remember, “Your love must be sincere, detest what is evil, cling to what is good. Love one another with the same affection of brothers and sisters. Anticipate each other in showing respect. Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit; he whom you serve is the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient under trial, persevere in prayer”(Romans 12:9-12).
The fire of lent should result in the commitment of Easter. We must not let trials turn us away from the Lord but rather to him.
“We know that affliction makes for endurance, and endurance for tested virtue, and tested virtue for hope. And hope will not leave us disappointed because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts” (Romans 5:3-5).
“Therefore, count it pure joy when you are involved in every sort of trial. Realize that when your faith is tested this makes for endurance. Let endurance come to its perfection so that you may be fully mature and lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
This Lenten season “Do not be conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, so that you may judge what is God’s will, what is good, pleasing and perfect.
Don’t give up, courage, the Lord is with you.