“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. (Heb 12:5-6)~~ We should not faint under trials. Though our enemies and persecutors may be instruments to inflict sufferings, they are Divine chastisements; our heavenly Father has His hand in all, and His wise end to answer by all. We must not make light of afflictions, and be without feeling under them, for they are the hand and rod of God, and are His rebukes for sin. We must not get depressed and sink under trials, nor fret and complain, but bear up with faith and patience – giving God glory and praise. Our pain is a part of the process to clean us up! See while a man’s darling sin, be it what it will, remains unsubdued, it will hinder him from running the Christian race, as it takes from him every motive for running, and gives power to every discouragement. When weary and faint in our minds, let us recollect that the holy Jesus suffered the cross, to save us from eternal misery. Without the crushing of the cross, there would not the crown of Glory in the Eternal Heaven! By steadfastly looking to Jesus, our thoughts will strengthen holy affections, and keep under our carnal desires. Let us then frequently consider Him. For what are our little trials to His agonies, or even to our deserts? What are they to the sufferings of many others? God may seem to be having us to suffer while letting others alone in their sins, but He will correct sin in His own children. In this He acts as that which becomes a father. Our earthly parents sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than to reform our manners. But the Father of our souls never willingly grieves nor afflicts His children. It is always for our profit; to prepare us for our crown! Our whole life here is a state of childhood, and imperfect as to spiritual things; therefore we must submit to the discipline of such a state. When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God’s chastisement of us now. God’s correction is not condemnation; the chastening must be born with patience, and will greatly promote holiness. Let us then learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men, as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good! No Crushing – No Cross – No Cross – No Crown!