Did you never run for shelter in a storm, and find fruit which you expected not? Did you never go to God for safeguard, driven by outward storms, and there find unexpected fruit?
He (God) gives them three jewels more worth than heaven—the blood of His Son, the grace of His Spirit, and the light of His countenance.
To bless God for mercies is the way to increase them; to bless Him for miseries is the way to remove them.
Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and worn with thanks.
God forgives, then He gives; till He be merciful to pardon our sins through Christ, He cannot bless or look kindly on us sinners. All our enjoyments are but blessings in bullion, till Gospel grace and pardoning mercy stamp and make them current.
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