Consider it true joy

Consider it true joy
Whenever trials come,
Through suff’ring God shall etch in us
The likeness of his Son.

He wounds that he may heal,
Brings pain to bring relief;
Destroys our pride to strengthen faith,
To quell our unbelief.

The testing of our faith
Will teach us to endure;
And through endurance God shall make
A life complete and pure.

So let us not lose heart,
These pains so brief and light
Are working an eternal weight
Of glory and delight.

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