There are some things good — but not pleasant, such as sorrow and affliction. Sin is pleasant — but unprofitable. Affliction is unpleasant — but profitable. “Before I was afflicted I went astray — but now I keep Your word!” “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn Your statutes!” By affliction, the Lord separates the sin that He hates — from the soul that He loves. He sends affliction — to take the dirt of the world out of the hearts of His children. It is not sent to take down the tabernacle of nature — but to rear up the temple of grace within you. As waters are purest when they are in motion — so saints are generally holiest when in affliction. Some Christians resemble those doltish children, who will learn their lessons — no longer than while the rod is on their backs! It is well known that by the greatest affliction — the Lord has sealed the sweetest instruction. Many are not bettered by the judgments they see — when they have been bettered by the judgments they have felt. The purest gold is the most pliable by being in the furnace. That is the best blade which bends well, without retaining its crooked figure.
William Secker, 'the consistent Christian'
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan