And this is the best part of admitting our neediness, admitting our transgressions, and putting them through the fire of constant cleaning and testing–we come out on the other side refined. With a strong faith that is developed and will carry us through the waiting.
REFINED: with impurities or unwanted elements having been removed by processing. Purified, processed, treated, cultivated, cultured, polished, developed, improved in precise and subtle ways.
So many synonyms and ways to say it. I like thinking of it as polished–just like the cleaning I wrote about yesterday. Just like a beautiful stone or metal. We can choose to be dull, or bright and shiny–something that entices other people, that draws them in, that is a beacon–which is exactly what God calls us to be.