(John Mason's Spiritual Sayings, 1646-1694)

Two things should comfort suffering Christians, namely,
all that they suffer is not hell;
yet it is all the hell they shall suffer.

By affliction God separates the sin which He hates,
from the soul which He loves.

Sin is the poison, affliction the medicine.

If the servants of Christ are ever so low and afflicted,
yet His heart is with them, and His eye upon them.

Though the hand of God may be against you;
yet the heart of God may be towards you.

What is bearing a temporal cross,
to the wearing of an eternal crown?