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The Good of Affliction

September 10, 2010

“Afflictions work for good, as they are the means of making the heart more upright.  In prosperity the heart is apt to be divided (Hos. 10:2).  The heart cleaves partly to God, and partly to the world.  It is like a needle between two lodestones; God draws, and the world draws.  Now God takes away the world, that the heart may cleave more to Him in sincerity.  Correction is a setting the heart right and straight.  As we sometimes hold a crooked rod over the fire to straighten it; so God hold us over the fire of affliction to make us more straight and upright.  Oh how good it is, when sin has bent the soul awry from God, that affliction should straighten it again!”

Thomas Watson, All Things For Good, p. 28.

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