Was His head crowned with thorns--and do we think to be crowned with roses?
It is good to be like Christ--though it be by sufferings.
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A Christian will bless God, not only in the spring--but in the winter of affliction.
We never eat--but mercy carves every bit to us;
we never drink--but in the golden cup of mercy;
we never go abroad--but mercy guards our steps;
we never lie down in bed--but mercy draws the curtains of protection close around us.
Shall we receive so many good things at the hand of God--and shall we not receive evil? (Job 2:10)
For one affliction--we have a thousand mercies!
The sea of God's mercy swallows up a few drops of affliction!
Then God sends some cross or other affliction to make us take hold of Him. "They poured out a prayer, when Your chastening hand was upon them!" (Isaiah 26:15); now their prayer pierced the heavens! In times of trouble, we pray earnestly and fervently.
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He will not lay a giant's burden upon a child's back.
Nor will He stretch the strings of the instrument too much, lest they should break.
If God sees it good to strike with one hand--He will support with the other.
Either He will make our faith stronger--or render the yoke lighter.
God's rod and God's love--they both stand together.
Let us feel God's hand--so that we may have His heart.
The more the diamond is cut--the more it sparkles.
The heavier the saints' cross is--the heavier shall be their crown!