Thomas Brooks: The saints’ afflictions proceed from God’s love

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That the afflictions that do befall the saints are such as proceed from God’s dearest love. ‘As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten,’ Rev. iii. 19. Saints, saith God, think not that I hate you, because I thus chide you. He that escapes reprehension may suspect his adoption. God had one Son without corruption, but no son without correction. A gracious soul may look through the darkest cloud, and see a God smiling on him. We must look through the anger of his correction to the sweetness of his countenance; and as by the rainbow we see the beautiful image of the sun’s light in the midst of a dark and waterish cloud. ...

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