It is thus

(J.C. Ryle)

We are surrounded with much that is smiling and mirthful–that if we were not often obliged to taste of sickness, trials and disappointments–we would forget our heavenly home, and pitch our tents right in this Sodom!

Therefore it is that God’s people pass through great tribulations and are often called upon to suffer the sting of affliction and anxiety–or weep over the grave of those whom they have loved as their own soul. …

It is thus He weans their affections from things below–and fixes them on Himself!

It is thus He trains them for eternity, and cuts the threads one by one which bind their wavering hearts to this poor earth. …

The purest gold is that which has been longest in the refiner’s furnace. Instead of...something better

The brightest diamond is often that which has required the most grinding and polishing.

We shall see those who have suffered most–shining among the brightest stars in the assembly of Heaven.

The last night of weeping will soon be spent, the last wave of trouble will soon have rolled over us–and then we shall be at home forever with the Lord!

“Our light affliction endures but for a moment, and it works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory!” 2 Corinthians 4:17

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