If through a broken heart God can bring His purposes to pass in the world, then thank Him for breaking your heart.
Oswald Chambers (1874 – 1917)
A bitterness of soul will make the taste of the benefit of Christ more delicious.
Stephen Charnock (1628-1680)
In seasons of severe trial the Christian is compelled to cast himself on God alone. Happy storms that wreck a man on such a rock as this!
Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892)
No man is truly crucified until he accepts that crucifixion as coming from the hand of God. Otherwise, it amounts to no more than an ugly incident taking place between ugly people.
Gene Edwards, Exquisite Agony: Healing for Christians Who Have Been Hurt by Other Christians (Jacksonville, FL: Seed Sowers, 1994), 49.
Suffering so unbolts the door of the heart, that the Word has easier entrance.
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
The moment things go wrong . . . then you will know exactly the value of what you claim to believe.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
Snorers that we are, God lets us experience these minor troubles so that we may be awakened from our deep sleep.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
The winter prepares the earth for the spring, so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory.
Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)
We are such weaklings and suffering “martyrs” when even one leg hurts or a small sore swells that we can fill heaven and earth with cries and howls, grumbling and cursing. We do not see what a tiny evil such a small thing is, compared to the countless blessings that God provides. Snorers that we are, God lets us experience these minor troubles so that we may be awakened from our deep sleep and be driven by knowledge and realization to consider what would happen if the great and countless blessings present to us disappeared because God’s favor turned away from us.
Martin Luther, Commentary on Psalm 118
Persecution is the world’s testimony to the Church’s purity. A wolf will not worry a painted sheep; a cat will not seize a toy mouse. The world may despise, but it will not persecute, a counterfeit Christian; it may scorn, but it will not burn, a hypocrite. Crucifixion is the evidence of Christliness.
F. W. Boreham, The Heavenly Octave (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1936), 110