The cost of all truly helpful and holy living
Prosperity has never enriched the world, as adversity has done. The best thoughts, the richest lessons, the sweetest songs which have come down to us from the past — have not come from the minds and hearts of those who have known no privation, no suffering, no adversity. They are the fruit of pain, of weakness, of trial.
Men have cried out for emancipation from the bondage of hardship, of sickness, of infirmity, of poverty — not realizing that the very trial which seemed to be hindering them in their career — was making whatever was noble, beautiful, and blessed in their life. The cost of all truly helpful and holy living, is pain!
We must not forget that redemption and Heaven come to be ours, only through the bitter sufferings and cross of the Son of God.
In all of life, the sweetest comforts and the richest blessings, come to us at the cost of suffering and tears. The fruit of earth's "thorns" seems bitter to the taste, but it is the wholesome food of human souls.
"God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:10-11
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word." Psalm 119:67
"It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn your decrees." Psalm 119:71
"I know, O LORD, that Your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness You have afflicted me." Psalm 119:75