Consolation proportionate to spiritual sufferings
For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
Suggested Further Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:7-18
I have sometimes heard religion described in such a way that its high colouring has displeased me. It is true her ways are ways of pleasantness; but it is not true that a Christian never has sorrow or trouble. It is true that light-eyed cheerfulness, and airy-footed love, can go through the world without much depression and tribulation: but it is not true that Christianity will shield a man from trouble; nor ought it to be so represented. In fact, we ought to speak of it in the other way. Soldier of Christ, if thou enlisteth, thou wilt have to do hard battle. There is no bed of down for thee; there is no riding to heaven in…
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