Those things, and people, that cannot stand up to any scrutiny rarely last. Do you trust people who reject any kind of accountability or examination? Those people you do trust, is it not because they have proven themselves over a period of time to be genuine, faithful, reliable, honest, and more?
Testing is not an easy process, and can be a painful one, but is it not worth it if it makes us more like Christ, if it proves the sincerity of our love? (II Cor. 8:8) Part of maturity is a willingness to be tested and proven. It requires character and endurance. It requires a willingness to admit when we’re wrong, and to permit some pruning and purging in our lives.
Don’t be offended by people who test the sincerity of your faith. Don’t resent it when God sends “fiery trials” to prove your love and trust for Him. Instead, ask for strength to endure. In the end, it will be worth it. “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves…” (II Cor. 13:5a) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” “And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
Mrs. Niki Lott
Christian Mother, Author, composer, and pastor’s wife