Pure — faith

One of the most precious of all things is a pure faith in Christ (1 Peter 1:7). There are no shortcuts to this and whether my faith is genuine is unknown to anyone but God until it is tested. I greatly desire to have the seal of proof that my faith is pure!

What is the test of faith?

Suffering:

In this you rejoice, though for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith — more precious than gold that perishes though it is refined by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

(1 Peter 1:6-7)

Do I still want proof that my faith is genuine? (Luke 9:23-25). Can I risk not proving my faith as pure?

And he said to all, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

(Luke 9:23-25 ESV)

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