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Sunday, June 19, 2011

June 19, 2011 (joy through suffering)

joy through suffering

“Thankfully, joy is an all-season response to life.
Even in the dark times,
sorrow enlarges the capacity of the heart for joy.
Like a diamond against black velvet,
true spiritual joy shines brightest
against the darkness of trials, tragedies and testing.”
- Richard Mayhue

“People are not prepared or able to rejoice in suffering
unless they experience a massive biblical revolution
of how they think and feel about the meaning of life.
Human nature and American culture
make it impossible to rejoice in suffering.
This is a miracle in the human soul
wrought by God through His Word.”
- John Piper

“Let thy great joy and comfort evermore be,
to have His pleasure done in thee,
though in pains, sickness, persecutions, oppressions,
or inward griefs and pressures of heart,
coldness or barrenness of mind,
darkening of thy will and senses,
or any temptations spiritual or bodily.”
- Robert Leighton

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