Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Gift of Poverty, Disgrace, and Misery

Whatsoever is good for God's children they shall have it,
for all is theirs to further them to heaven;
therefore, if poverty be good, they shall have it;
if disgrace be good, they shall have it;
if crosses be good, they shall have them;
if misery be good, they shall have it;
for all is ours, to serve for our greatest good.

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and
strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet,
so that what is lame may not be put out of joint
but rather be healed.
(Hebrews 12:11-13)

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