Remove the dross
from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; remove wicked officials
from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through
righteousness. Proverbs 25:4&5 (NIV)
metals are naturally occurring materials, they come with impurities which tend
to obscure their brilliance. In some cases the impurities are so overpowering
that it takes a trained eyes to recognise the precious metal.
There are various
ways of removing dross from silver, ranging from using fire or intense heat to
chemicals and other specialist processes. None of these processes is
particularly easy both for the silver and the refiner. When the refining
process is completed, the silver shines so brightly that it reflects the image
of the refiner.
While human beings
are not metals, we have similar impurities obscuring the true character of the
person. While it’s not limited to these, a good starting point might be to
consider what is referred to as the seven deadly sins; lust, gluttony,
greed, envy, wrath/anger, sloth and pride. Any single one of these is formidable
dross in the silver quality of a person.
You can refine a
lump of silver in a few hours, not so for humans, it takes a consistent focused
effort to get rid the negative personality traits that seem to cause pain
on ourselves and those around us.
There are many ways of removing character defects, each
starts with identifying the defects, another common step is to deduce the
opposites of the traits we want to burst. Keep this list of opposites close at
all times and make daily progress no matter how little.
Submit to God; He is the refiner. Be focused and persistent
but always remember nobody grows overnight, take one day at a time. Your brilliance
will soon shine through.