Sickness helps to remind men of death.
Sickness helps to make men think seriously of God, and their souls, and the world to come.
Sickness helps to soften men’s hearts, and teach them wisdom.
Sickness helps to level and humble us.
Sickness helps to try men’s religion, of what sort it is.
The storms of winter often bring out the defects in a man’s dwelling, and sickness often exposes the gracelessness of a man’s soul. Surely anything that makes us find out the real character of our faith is a good.
J. C. Ryle
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9
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