Quotes (880)

Samuel Annesley We naturally love our ease, and would have nothing befall us that is grievous to flesh and blood; and gracious persons pray and strive to prevent and remove afflictions. But yet the experience of all, good and bad, in all ages of the world, proclaims this upon the housetops, that more have got good by afflictions than by being without them. . . . There is more danger in freedom from affliction than we are willing to suspect; and it is more difficult to love and fear and trust God when we have the world, than when we want it. . . . Why, then, is an afflicted condition to be preferred? Some that have had experience of both say that they have been afraid to be without their afflictions.

- Samuel Annesley

1620 – 1696

3 thoughts on “Quotes (880)

  1. “Why, then, is an afflicted condition to be preferred? Some that have had experience of both say that they have been afraid to be without their afflictions.”……

    For when I am relieved of my affliction, my heart becomes turned upon ‘self’ and the suffering of others fades to the background… having lived with so much suffering, when once relieved of it, I find I want to put it very far from me…which in turn causes me to put others who are suffering, very far from me as well. As long as I have at least some form of struggle, affliction or suffering; my heart remains upwardly gazing and my arms continuously, compassionately outstretched…

  2. Amen Mary! Even though I do not enjoy afflictions, I am grateful for them. They keep me continually focused on Christ and seeking Him all the while.
    Thank you for this post Pilgrim.

    Lyn

  3. Excellent, excellent, excellent. It is through afflictions that we become like Christ. I call it the meat grinder. God stuffs us through the meat grinder and we come out the other side more like Christ.

    thanks, Pilgrim.

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