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In a sermon on Lamentations 1:12 called “No Sorrow Like Messiah’s Sorrow” John Newton explained how our sorrow and suffering is always mingled with God’s mercy and patience. Christ’s suffering on the cross, however, included no mercy or mitigation.
“Did ever any other sufferer experience in an equal degree the day of God’s fierce anger?”
“In the greatest of our sufferings, in those which bear the strongest marks of the Lord’s displeasure, there is always some mitigation, some mixture of mercy. At the worst, we still have reason to acknowledge that ‘he hath not dealt with us after our sins, or according to the full desert of our iniquities.’”
“If we are in pain, we do not feel every kind of pain at once, yet we can give no sufficient reason why we should not.”
“If we are exercised with poverty and losses, yet something worth the keeping, and more…
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