“The Sweet Uses of Adversity”
“For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son!” Romans 8:29
“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” Philippians 3:10
As Jesus was in this world–even so must we be. We must have fellowship with Him in His sufferings–that we may be conformed unto His death.
None can be like the Man of Sorrow–unless they have sorrows too! How can you be like unto Him who sweat as it were great drops of blood–if you do not sometimes cry, “My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death!”
Do not think, O beloved, that you can be like the thorn-crowned head–and yet never feel the thorn!
Can you be like your dying Lord–and yet be uncrucified?