They strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “We must enter the kingdom of God through many persecutions.” — Acts 14:22
by J.R. Miller
The best things of life come out of wounding. Wheat is crushed... before it becomes bread. Incense must be cast upon the fire... before its odors are set free. The ground must be broken with the sharp plow... before it is ready to receive the seed. It is the broken heart, which pleases God. The sweetest joys in life are the fruits of sorrow. Human nature seems to need suffering, to fit it for being a blessing to the world.