God washes and scours, trains and nurtures them!
(The Preacher's Book)
Frankincense, when it is put into the fire — gives off the greater perfume.
Spice, if it is pounded and beaten — smells the sweeter.
The earth, when it is torn up with the plough — becomes more fruitful.
The seed in the ground, after frost and snow and winter storms — grows the thicker.
The nearer the vine is pruned to the stock — the larger grapes it yields.
The grape, when it is most pressed and beaten — makes the sweetest wine.
Linen, when it is washed and wrung and beaten — is so made fairer and whiter.
In the same way, the children of God receive great benefit by affliction — for by it God washes and scours, trains and nurtures them.
"Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit!" John 15:2