A needful reminder about affliction

“Blessings emerge in affliction which are rarely found in periods of ease. Sorrow is not purposeless if it drives us to God, increases our dependence on Him, enhances our sensitivity to the needs of others, and makes us more like Jesus. Christ told His followers that they were unlikely to escape trouble and mature believers prefer rather to learn from adversity than bemoan it.”

Raymond Brown, The Message of Nehemiah, page 72

SDG, Ezra

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