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If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for

 what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?—Heb. 12:7.


Character cannot be developed wholly without trial. It is like a plant: at first it is very tender; it needs an abundance of the sunshine of God’s love; frequent watering with the showers of His grace; much cultivating through the applied knowledge of His character as a good foundation for faith and inspiration to obedience; and then, when thus developed under these favorable conditions, it is ready for the pruning band of discipline, and is also able to endure some hardness. And, little by little, as strength of character is developed, the tests applied to it serve only to develop more strength, beauty and grace, until it is finally fixed, developed, established, perfected—through suffering.



Parallel passages: Heb. 12: 4-14;  Deut. 8: 5;  2.Sam. 7:14;  Job 5:17;  Psa. 94: 12;  Prov. 13:13-24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13,14,24; 29:15,17;  Rev.3:19.