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The Blessings of Suffering

September 14, 2017
  • They will have an end [Ps. 37:37]
  • Joy will follow [Ps. 126:5]
  • They show us our weakness [Isa. 38:10]
  • They move us to pray [Hos. 5:15]
  • They show we are in the pathway to heaven [Luke 24:26]
  • They make us condemn this present world [Eccl. 1:2].

By them we learn:

  • to repent us of sin past [2 Sam. 24:17]
  • to take heed of sin present,
  • and to foresee sin to come [Gen. 39:9].

By them we:

  • receive God’s Spirit [Acts 2:2]
  • are like to Christ [Phil. 3:10]
  • are acquainted with God’s power [Dan. 3:17]
  • have joy in deliverance [Ex. 15:1]
  • know [the] benefit of prosperity
  • made more hardy to suffer
  • and have cause to practice many excellent virtues [1 Peter 1:6–7]

– William Perkins

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