Newton on suffering ministers

“For the like reason He appoints his ministers to be sorely exercised, both from without and within, that they may sympathize with their flock, and know in their own hearts the deceitfulness of sin, the infirmities of the flesh, and the way in which the Lord supports and bears with all the trust Him. Therefore be not discouraged: usefulness and trials, comforts and crosses, strengths and exercise go together. But remember He has said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee; be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.’ When you get to heaven, you will not complain of the way by which the Lord brought you.”

Looking forward to Tony Reinke’s new book on Newton. This quote is from this pdf, page 45.

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