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“The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.”~Charles Spurgeon


“I had rather be in hell with Christ, then be in heaven without him.”~Martin Luther


“Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.”~Charles Spurgeon


“Most of the grand truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us with the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them.”~Charles Spurgeon


“Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us.”~Arthur W. Pink


“God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity.”~Thomas Watson

“Away, then, with those prophets who say to Christ’s people, “Peace, peace,” where in there is no peace. Hail, hail to all those prophets who say to Christ’s people, “The cross, the cross,” where there is no cross. Christians should be exhorted to be zealous to follow Christ, their Head, through penalties, deaths, and hells; And let them thus be more confident of entering heaven through many tribulations rather than through a false assurance of peace.”~Martin Luther


“To know that nothing hurts the godly, is a matter of comfort; but to be assured that all things which fall out shall co-operate for their good, that their crosses shall be turned into blessings, that showers of affliction water the withering root of their grace and make it flouish more; this may fill their hearts with joy till they run over.”~Thomas Watson


“The highest honor that God can confer upon his children is the blood-red crown of martyrdom. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings that God has made, are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs. Griefs exalt us, and troubles lift us.”~Charles Spurgeon


“In all trouble you should seek God. You should not set Him over against your troubles, but within them. God can only relieve your troubles if you in your anxiety cling to Him. Trouble should not really be thought of as this thing or that in particular, for our whole life on earth involves trouble; and through the troubles of our earthly pilgrimage we find God.”~Augustine


“Saints spring and thrive most internally, when they are most externally afflicted. Afflictions are the mother of virtue.”~Thomas Brooks


“Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces. Sanctified afflictions are spiritual promotions.”~Matthew Henry


“God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures. God loves purity so well He had rather see a hole than a spot in His child’s garments.”~William Gurnall


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


“Never forget that God test his real friends more severely than his lukewarm ones.”~Kathryn Hulme


“They gave our Master a crown of thorns. Why do we hope for a crown of roses?”~Martin Luther


“As sure as God puts His children in the furnace of affliction, He will be with them in it.”~Charles Spurgeon