Sanctified Suffering

Suffering is a part of the process by which the children of God are sanctified. They are chastened to wean them from the world, and make them partakers of God’s holiness. 
The Captain of their salvation was made perfect through sufferings, and so are they. There never yet was a great saint who had not either great afflictions or great corruptions. Philip Melancthon said it well: “Where there are no cares, there will generally be no prayers.”

~ J.C. Ryle

Practical Religion, “Heirs of God”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 418, 419.

Dr Neil's secret garden, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Neil's secret garden, Edinburgh, Scotland

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