Does it mean that God no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us! We should never forget the encouraging words God spoke to us as His children. He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,and don’t give up when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child.” That’s why we should not give in under the disciplinary pressure by blaming God, saying evil things like; God doesn’t love me, He is only trying to trip me up and destroy me. Instead, when troubles come our way, we need to consider it as an opportunity for great joy. Because when our faith is tested, our endurance has a chance to grow. We need to let it grow, for when our endurance is fully developed, we will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way, and on top of that, we will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. So yes, God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation!

Romans 8:35-37, Hebrews 12:5-6, James 1:2-4+13-15, Hebrews 12:10-13