[b]A measure of trials is necessary[/b](John Newton's Letters)A measure of trials is necessary for the exercise and manifestation of your graces; to give you a more convincing proof of the truth and sweetness of the promises made to a time of affliction; to mortify the body of sin; and to wean you more effectually from the world. Faith upholds a Christian under all trials, by assuring him that every painful dispensation is under the direction of his Lord; that chastisements are a token of His love; that the season, measure, and continuance of his sufferings, are appointed by Infinite Wisdom, and designed to work for his everlasting good; and that grace and strength shall be afforded him, according to his need.
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sermonindex wrote:Faith upholds a Christian under all trials, by assuring him that every painful dispensation is under the direction of his Lord; JennRich writes:This is great, I love this excerpt. Especially the above quote. As someone wrote, this knowledge (that everything that touches us is ordained by God) is "not just a cordial, but an elixir in the Christian life"! In a sense, no "bad things" can happen to us.