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The Suffering and Affliction of the Saints – by J.C. Philpot
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
--2 Corinthians 4:17
O ye suffering saints of God! ye tried and afflicted children of the most High! Raise up your thoughts as God may enable you—lift up your eyes, and see what awaits you. Are you tried, tempted, exercised, and afflicted? It is your mercy. God does not deal so with every one. It is because you are his children, that he lays on you his chastening hand. He means to conform you to the image of his Son in glory, and therefore he now conforms you to the image of his Son in suffering. 'O but,' you say, 'I cannot believe it is so!' No; if you could, it would not be much of a trial. This is the trial of faith—to go groaning on, struggling on, sorrowing on, sighing on; believing against unbelief, hoping against hope; and still looking to the Lord, though there is everything in nature to damp the hopes and expectations of your waiting souls. Yet all will end well with the people of God. Their life here is a life of temptation, of suffering and trial; but heaven will make amends for all. And if our faith is now tried as "with fire," it will one day "be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." In that day when the secrets of all hearts will be brought to light, the faith of thousands will be found to be little else than presumption; but the faith of God's dear family will then be crowned with "praise and honour and glory;" and they shall see the Lamb as he is face to face, when all tears are wiped away from all faces.
The Effects of Sin
To fall into sin is a serious thing, even though the guilt of it be forgiven. A boy who had often been disobedient was made by his father to drive a nail into a post for each offense. When he was well-behaved for a day he was allowed to draw out one of the nails. He fought against his temper bravely, and at last all the nails were gone from the post, and his father praised him. "Alas, father," said the lad, "the nails are all gone, but the holes are left!" Even after forgiveness it will require a miracle of grace to recover us from the ill effects of sin.– unknown
Growing Up To One’s Name – by John Chapman
In the Old Testament children were given names that meant something. Their parents hoped that the child would grow up to its name. There is one who truly grew up to his name, Jesus Christ. “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Not one person for whom Jesus Christ died shall perish.
Open Thy Mouth Wide, and I Will Fill It – Psalm 81:10
If you have a dog, cat, or other animals, if like me, you enjoy feeding them. It gives me great pleasure to feed the animals or the little birds, and watch their delight in eating. Only thing I love more is feeding the Word to those who love it and hunger for it.
If I really believe that I am the ‘chief of sinners’, it should be no problem for me to forgive someone who is less sinful than me. Paul, the apostle who said this of himself, was very compassionate, understanding and forgiving of his ‘brethren’, the Pharisees, for he had been just like them . . . hating those who preached the Truth that he came to love and preach himself. God grant us the heartfelt love and concern for others that he had . . . even wishing himself accursed for his brethren (Rom.9:3).