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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection

Affliction: Revealing Christian

When the green leaves bedeck the trees and all is fair, one cannot readily find the birds' nests, but when the winter lays bare the trees, anyone, with half-an-eye, may see them. Thus amid the press of business and prosperity the Christian may scarcely be discerned, his hidden life is concealed amid the thick and throng of the things of earth; but let affliction come, a general sickness, or severe losses in the family, and you shall see the Christian man plainly enough in the gracious patience by which he rises superior to trial. The sick bed reveals the man; the burning house, the sinking ship, the panic on the exchange, all these make manifest the hidden ones. In many a true believer, true piety is like a drum which nobody hears of unless it be beaten.

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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Affliction: Revealing Christian'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/a/affliction-revealing-christian.html. 1870.

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