We must trace His bloody footsteps!
(Letters of John Newton)
"Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows." John 16:33
"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you — leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps." 1 Peter 2:21
The Christian life is a warfare — and you must not expect an exemption from the battle.
The Captain of our salvation trod a thorny path Himself — and we must trace His bloody footsteps, and not think to walk to Heaven upon a soft carpet. If we could — then what need would we have of shoes of iron and brass?
Those who are now reaping in joy — sowed in tears when they were here. And why should not we? The way to Heaven is through many trials and sorrows. If we did not meet with such things — we might justly suspect that we had mistaken the road!
"For the Lord disciplines the one He loves — and chastises every son whom He receives." Hebrews 12:6