To Ponder:

Because the Lord loves you!

“For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” Hebrews 12:6. “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.” Revelation 3:19. My Dear Friend, Because the Lord loves you–He appoints trials for you. Like most effectual medicines, they are neither pleasant to the taste nor in their operation, when first taken–but afterwards they yield a harvest of righteousness and peace. He sends them not for His own pleasure, but for our profit. He could relieve you in a moment, but He does not. The plain inference is, that it is good, it is best for us to be afflicted! I have had my trials, and I can from experience bear testimony to His all-sufficiency and faithfulness. He does all things well. How can He who is infinitely wise and good, do otherwise? “My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12. (Letters of John Newton)

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