The tree falls with a great crash, but the secret decay which accounts for it–is often not discovered until it is down on the ground. Just so, men fall in private–long before they fall in public!
Growth in grace is one way to be happy in our religion. God has wisely linked together our comfort–and our increase in holiness.
The children of God all have a cross to bear. A suffering Savior generally has suffering disciples.
People will never set their faces decidedly towards Heaven, and live like pilgrims–until they really feel that they are in danger of Hell.