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Affliction presents a multitude of trials: First, one knows the pain of the thing itself, whether disease or slander.

Second, one dreads the prospect of the trial continuing into the future. Things which one could bear for a moment will overwhelm us should seem never to end. A toothache

Third, a trial may dredge up guilt: at we all know our imperfection of life. The pain of the trial may drive the nails of guilt into the conscience. Fourth — the trial may seem too great for our guilt. We see others who do not suffer as we do — and this is worse when it is other Christians – and think, why do I deserve to suffer more than them. We will all go to one place, why must I go at such a great cost?

Hold your grip fast. If ye knew the mind of the glorified in heaven, they think heaven come to their hand at an easy market, when they have got it for threescore or fourscore years wrestling with God.

When ye are come thither, ye shall think, “All I did, in respect of my rich reward, now enjoyed of free grace, was too little.” Now then, for the love of the Prince of your salvation, who is standing at the end of your way, holding up in His hand the prize and the garland to the race-runners, Forward, forward; faint not.