[b]When Munster lay sick[/b]("The Mute Christian Under the Smarting Rod" or, "The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes" by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London.)"Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline." Revelation 3:19 "The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives." Heb. 12:6All the afflictions which come upon the saints, are the fruits of divine love.When Munster lay sick, and his friends asked him how he did, and how he felt; he pointed to his sores and ulcers, whereof he was full, and said, "These are God's gems and jewels with which He decks his best friends, and to me they are more precious than all the gold and silver in the world!""It was good for me to be afflicted!" Psalm 119:71God afflicts you, O Christian, in love! Therefore Luther cries out, "Strike, Lord, strike, Lord! and spare not!"
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
The psalm quoted says it is good for me to be afflicted. It might be good, but unwanted! Well, at least, as far as I am concerned.God told Israel that He fed them with the bread of affliction (manna) to humble them (Deut 8v3).So we too need affliction, unwelcomed though it might be, God knows that which is best for us. Trust Him>God bless.