by James Smith
"The Believer’s Companion in Seasons of Affliction and Trouble" 1842
"The Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes every one He accepts as a son." Hebrews 12:6
Afflicted Christian, you are perhaps tempted to think that God cannot love you–or He would not so deeply try you. But the reverse is the case–if He did not love you, He might perhaps refuse to try you. But because He loves you, and is a Father to you–therefore He corrects you.
All of the Lord’s children need correction! Many of them will not grow without very severe discipline–consequently your heavenly Father says, "I will melt them, and try them." "I will turn My hand upon you–and will purge away your dross."