When we "go through the fire"---those challenging times, there are some things that trials produce in us.
1) A test brings a testimony of how God has been faithful
2) Trials bring refinement--sin and other things are brought to the top of our lives to be dealt with-----
3) We gain greater experience---experience that allows us to comfort, intercede for, and relate to others in ways that we wouldn't have previously. Our trials and experience may also allow others to see Jesus in us in ways that they may not have seen as clearly otherwise. We may also learn more about God by facing the trials of our current situation.
4) Trials have the ability to strengthen our trust in the Lord.
5) We are transformed to be more like Jesus by going through trials--really that is one of the main objectives.
WE MUST REMEMBER THAT GOD IS DOING SO MUCH MORE THAN WE REALIZE AS WE GO THROUGH OUR TRIALS IN LIFE---HE SEES THE WHOLE PLAN AND PURPOSE.
Do we thank God for our afflictions?
In reality we would be missing so much if we didn't "go through the fire."
1 Peter 1:6-8 "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy."