I Peter 5:10 

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.


There is a testing ground and time period that the Lord will allow us to go through. That little period of time is what we call “life”.  It is the place where Peter says, “we will suffer for a little while”. It is in that testing ground and period of time that God brings us into His idea of perfection.


It was through the experiences of His life that Jesus learned obedience to the Lord. It was in the things He suffered, trials He learned from, and situations He endured that gave Him the ability to face the cross. God allowed Him to live those many years to prepare Him for one moment. Being made perfect through the things He suffered, He became the Author of our salvation.


The amazing thing about a Believer’s life is that through Christ’s suffering you have salvation, but God still allows you to gain character from your own life’s journey. You don’t achieve perfection by merit, you achieve perfection through Jesus Christ alone. Life’s journey will strengthen you, establish your foothold in the truth, and settle you down.


Through your suffering in life, and the hardships of your life, you will come to a place of perfection that God has predetermined. Love doesn’t mean an absence of hard things; rather, love means that what is deep down inside is being established, strengthened, and settled in the midst of hard things.


Only after you have suffered for a little while. Just keep going.


“An Exposition Of The Seven Church Ages - Chapter Four - The Smyrnaean Church Age”

You see, they could not figure out God's love. They thought that love meant no suffering. They thought that love meant a baby with parental care. But God said that His love was "elective" love. The proof of His love is ELECTION—that no matter what happened, His love was proven truly by the fact they were chosen unto salvation (because God hath chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth). He may commit you to death as He did Paul. He may commit you to suffering as He did Job. That is His prerogative. He is sovereign. But it is all with a purpose. If He did not have a purpose, then He would be the author of frustration and not of peace. His purpose is that after we have suffered awhile we would be made perfect, be established, strengthened and settled. As Job said, "He puts strength in us." (Job 23:6) You see He, Himself, suffered. He learned obedience by the things that He suffered. He was actually made perfect by the things that He suffered. Hebrews 5:8-9, "Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered; And being made perfect, He became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him." In plain language, the very character of Jesus was perfected by suffering. And according to Paul He has left His church a measure of suffering that they, too, by their faith in God while suffering for Him, would come to a place of perfection.


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