Sweet Sufferings

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Pastoral, Whitefield

Following is a letter recorded by the Rev. George Whitefield in his Letters. The intent is to uplift the spirits of a man who was in the depths of despair. While much is known about Whitefield’s evangelistic preaching, his compassionate pastoral skills shine through in these letters. Such was the man George Whitefield, who according to J.C. Ryle in his biographical sketch on Whitefield, lived in some of the darkest and trying times in England. Perhaps he was well-fitted to console others in their days of darkness.

I am sorry to hear you are still in darkness.  Let the little light you have, make you hold up your head, and think not of changing your station without a proper call.  We are apt to place our happiness in places, and often think we do not please God, because we do not please ourselves.  But I find the fault is in the heart, not the place.  Wait, therefore, my dear brother, still patiently upon the LORD.  Who knows, but by and by JESUS CHRIST may lift up the light of his blessed countenance upon your soul?  Why would you doubt it?  My dear brother, CHRIST is love.  He tries, but yet supports me; nay, makes me more the conqueror thro’ his love.  You will hear by other letters, how it goes with the church in England.  She is shaken, but it is only that she may be the more settled.  My love to your wife.  I hope you find her an help-meet to you.  May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, bless, preserve, and keep you.  May you both walk in the comforts of the Holy Ghost, and be edified; and may GOD give you hearts to remember
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Your affectionate friend, and brother,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
and servant in CHRIST,
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaG. W.

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