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Friday, January 16, 2015

Puritan Nuggets of Gold 3

Affliction (continued)

The thorn is one of the most cursed and angry and crabbed weeds that the earth yields, and yet out of it springs the rose, one of the sweetest smelled flowers, and most delightful to the eye. (Samuel Rutherford)

As the wicked are hurt by the best things, so the godly are bettered by the worst. (William Jenkyn)

Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride. (Richard Sibbes)

He gives gifts that we may love Him, and stripes that we may fear Him. Yes, oftentimes He mixes frowns with His favors. (George Downame)

When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines. (Samuel Rutherford)

An obedient child doth not only kiss the hand which giveth, but the rod which beateth. (Henry Smith)

If in our affliction we would pour forth to God such acceptable prayers as may obtain comfort in our crosses and deliverance from our calamities, we must confess our sins, and humbly acknowledge that we have not deserved God's smallest benefits, but are worthy to be overwhelmed with much more heavy plagues and punishments. And so the Lord will excuse us, when we accuse ourselves. (George Downame)

When you meet with crosses and calamities, say, "Now I see God's justice and God's truth; now I see the hatefulness and hurtfulness of sin; and therefore now I will mourn, not because I am crossed, but because I have deserved this cross, and a worse one too." (William Whately)

He that rides to be crowned, will not thing much of a rainy day. (John Trapp)

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