Suffering

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  • Nothing is more certain. Coming close to God brings catastrophe. Everyone whose life does not bring relative catastrophe has never even once turned as a single individual to God; it is just as impossible as it is to touch the conductors of a generator without getting a shock.

  • To sin against God is to punish yourself.
  • To be an alien, to be in exile, is the mark of Christian suffering.
  • Learn first how to be alone, and you will doubtless also learn the true worship of God, which is to think highly of God and humbly of yourself.
  • It is much easier to suffer on account of one’s sin than to suffer because one relates himself to God.
  • God’s education consists in leading one to being able to do freely what at first one had to be compelled to do.
  • The difference between temptation and spiritual trial is that the temptation to sin is in accord with inclination, the “temptation” of spiritual trial is contrary to inclination. Therefore the opposite tactic must be employed. The person tempted by sin does well to shun the danger, but in relation to spiritual trial this is the very danger, for every time he thinks he is saving himself by shunning the danger, the danger becomes greater the next time.
  • The fleshly person is wise to flee from the sight of sin or the enticement. But for the one not so tempted but who is ridden with anxiety about coming in contact with it (he is under spiritual trial) it is not so wise to shun the sight or the enticement; for spiritual trial wants nothing else than to paralyze him by striking terror into his life and enslaving him in anxiety.
  • There was a time when one could almost be afraid to call himself a disciple of Christ, because it meant so much. Now one can do it with complete ease, because it means nothing at all.
  • He who himself does not wish to suffer cannot love him who has.
  • The preacher says: It is good to be here in God’s house. Would that we could remain here, but we must go out again into the confusion of life! Lies and nonsense! The most difficult thing of all would be to remain day after day inside of God’s house.
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About TJ

In 2015 my family moved from a small village in mid-Michigan to five beautifully forested acres in Northern Michigan. We love the lakes and rivers, the forests, and the billions of stars we can see in the night sky, as well as the many cultural and historical activities in our area. We also love that the deer and wild turkeys come right up to our house. This is where our hearts are! I have multiple cats (six the last time I counted), and a sweet introverted dog who rarely barks and who deeply loves the two adorable ducks and ten chickens that have become part of our family. I enjoy reading, studying, writing, and learning new things. I also enjoy walking my dog, cuddling my cats, and gardening. I love nature. The world fascinates me.

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