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Afflictions: Tokens of Divine Regard
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Lawns which we would keep in the best condition are very frequently mown; the grass has scarcely any respite from the scythe. Out in the meadows there is no such repeated cutting, they are mown but once or twice in the year, Even thus the nearer we are to God, and the more regard he has for us, the more frequent will be our adversities. To be very dear to God, involves no small degree of chastise
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Afflictions: Tokens of Divine Regard'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​a/afflictions-tokens-of-divine-regard.html. 1870.