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    REFINING PROCESS

    Some time ago, a group of women met in a certain city to read the Scriptures, and make them the subject of conversation. 

    While reading the third chapter of Malachi, they came upon a remarkable expression in the third verse: "And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
    One woman's opinion was that it was intended to convey the view of the sanctifying influence of the grace of Christ.  Then she proposed to visit a silversmith and report to the others what he said on the subject.  She went accordingly and, without telling the object of her errand, begged to know the process of refining silver, which he fully described to her.

    "But Sir," she said, "do you sit while the work of refining is going on?" "Oh, yes, madam," replied the silversmith.  "I must sit with my eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for refining is exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be injured."

    The woman at once saw the beauty, and comfort, too, of the expression, "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."  Christ sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and love are both engaged in the best manner for them.  Their trials do not come at random:  "The very hairs of your head are all numbered."

    As the woman was leaving the shop, the silversmith called her back and said he had still further to mention, that he only knows when the process of purifying is complete by seeing his own image reflected in the silver.

    Beautiful example!!  When Christ shall see His own image in His people, His work of purifying will be accomplished.

     
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