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The subtle aggravations, the slight, barely-there frustrations, or even the experiences that are discouraging and painful for us but nonsense to others, these are important, private experiences which purposefully grind down our extra layers added on by simply living in this world. Layers that can unknowingly strengthen and cause us to needlessly struggle. But under our Lord’s reign, each one has now become a powerful lesson, Divinely taught and profoundly cleansed. It is the day-in and day-out, moment by moment things that deepens and establishes a faithful commitment to Him. He helps us to remain faithful to Him, and staying faithful to God is the only way to truly love yourself.