Friday, August 31, 2018

Bunyan: afflictions

Friday, August 31, 2018
    Feast of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651
    Commemoration of Cuthburga, Founding Abbess of Wimborne, c.725
    Commemoration of John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688
    Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
    —2 Corinthians 4:16-17 (NIV)
    Afflictions make the heart more deep, more experimental, more knowing and profound, and so, more able to hold, to contain, and beat more.
    ... John Bunyan (1628-1688), “Of the Resurrection of the Dead”, in The Whole Works of John Bunyan, v. II, London: Blackie, 1862, p. 102 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 4:16-17; Ps. 30:5; 119:71; Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 3:8; 1 Pet. 1:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Grant that I may deliver Your word of encouragement, Lord, to one who is enduring affliction.
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