We consider another aspect of John Flavel’s teaching on the Marks of Grace. This time, we reflect on the fact that our response in times of severe suffering can reveal the condition of our hearts before the Lord. These severe trials are broken into five main subgroups as follows:
Those who strive to remain faithful by God’s grace through these trials can have assurance that they are true believers. Those who do not remain faithful or whose motives are self-serving in such trials are revealed to be hypocrites. We are encouraged to review how we have reacted in trials and to prepare ourselves for the trials that may very possibly come upon us, so we may prove faithful to the Lord and come out of the Refiner’s fire as pure gold.