Do not even such things as are most bitter to the flesh, tend to awaken Christians to faith and prayer, to a sight
of the emptiness of this world, and the
fadingness of the best it yield?
Doth not God by these things (ofttimes) call our sins to remembrance, and provoke us to
amendment of life? How then can we be offended
at things by which we reap so much good?....
Therefore if mine enemy hunger,
let me feed him; if he thirst, let me give him drink.
Now in order to do this,
(1) We must see good in that, in which other
men can see none.
(2) We must pass by those injuries that other
men would revenge.
(3) We must show we have grace, and that we are made to bear what other men are not acquainted with.
(4) Many of our graces are kept alive, by those very things that are the death of other men's souls....
The devil, (they say) is good when he is pleased; but Christ and His saints, when displeased.
In our manner of speech,
our plans of living,
our dealings with others,
and walk in the church and out of it
—all should be done as becomes the gospel (Phil. 1:27).
Need I say more???