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… from the Bible we know that God’s “hand of mercy may be towards a man, when his heart may be against that man, as you may see in Saul and others; and the hand of God may be set against a man, when the heart of God is dearly set upon a man, as you may see in Job and Ephraim. The hand of God was severely set against them, and yet the heart and affections of God were strongly working towards them.”

  • God will not remove the temptation to sin, except you turn from the occasion of sin.
  • We must not only hate and avoid gross sins—but everything that may carry a savor or suspicion of sin.
  • Abused mercy will surely turn into fury.
  • Afflictions are a crystal glass, wherein the soul has the clearest sight of the ugly face of sin.
  • Afflictions are sweet preservatives to keep the saints from sin, which is a greater evil than hell itself.
  • God makes afflictions to be but inlets to the soul’s more sweet and full enjoyment of his blessed self.

 

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