Thank Him For Afflictions

When we are under afflictions, are we to give thanks for personal grievances? Yes; there is something in them for which we may, we ought to be thankful. But how? Not for the afflictions considered in themselves, for so they are not joyous, but grievous. But if they be for righteousness’ sake, then are they blessed dispensations, then they are occasions of joy, and so of praise, Mat. 5. Then they are gifts, special favours, and so oblige us to thankfulness: Phil. 1:29, ‘Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.’

-David Clarkson, from Pray For Everything, volume 2 of Works, page 173

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