Do Suffering And Affliction Get In The Way?

John Bunyan: 6 Old Encouragements to Overcome It

John Bunyan: Thoughts On Affliction

Suffering and affliction assail everyone in life. How do you deal with it when it comes? Encouragement from the venerable John Bunyan still fits today. (1)

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John Bunyan Encouragement #1 For Suffering And Affliction

 “Nothing can render affliction so insupportable as the load of sin; would you, therefore, be fitted for afflictions, be sure to get the burden of your sins laid aside, and then what afflictions [that] you may meet with will be very easy to you.”

John Bunyan Encouragement #2 For Suffering And Affliction

“If thou canst hear and bear the rod of affliction which God shall lay upon thee, remember this lesson–thou art beaten that thou [may] be better.”

John Bunyan Encouragement #3 For Suffering And Affliction

“The Lord [uses] his flail of tribulation to separate the chaff from the wheat.”

John Bunyan Encouragement #4 For Suffering And Affliction

“The school of the cross is the school of light; it discovers the world’s vanity, baseness, and wickedness, and lets us see more of God’s mind. Out of dark affliction comes a spiritual light.”

John Bunyan Encouragement #5 For Suffering And Affliction

“In times of affliction we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God.”

John Bunyan Encouragement #6 For Suffering And Affliction

“Did we heartily renounce the pleasures of this world, we should be very little troubled for our afflictions; that which renders an afflicted state so insupportable to many, is because they are too much addicted to the pleasures of this life, and so cannot endure that which makes a separation between them.”

Reference

  1. http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=1638

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