(John Mason's Spiritual Sayings)
**Two things should comfort suffering Christians, namely:
all that they presently suffer is not Hell;
their present suffering is all the Hell that they shall suffer.
**Afflictions are not so much threatened as promised, to the children of God.
**By affliction God separates the sin which He hates, from the soul which He loves.
**Sin is the poison—and affliction is the medicine.
**If the servants of Christ are ever so afflicted, yet
His heart is with them, and His eye is upon them.
**Though the hand of God may be against you;
yet the heart of God may be towards you.
**What is bearing a temporal cross, compared to the wearing an eternal crown?
**Our enjoyments are greater than our afflictions,
and our afflictions less than our sins.
**Our sufferings should stir up our graces, as well as our griefs.