Dear brother, What are our little crosses, our light, momentary afflictions, to that great crown, that far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, for which, by them, we are being prepared? All our sufferings, as well as our faith and joy, are gifts of our Father's love. It is given us on the behalf of Christ, not only to believe, but also to suffer for His sake. Then let us receive all our grievous things from the hand of God thankfully, and ask for grace to endure them meekly and patiently, and to improve them wisely and faithfully. For not the least evil we thus receive from God, endure from men, and improve to the glory of Christ, but shall be to our perfect and eternal advantage.
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