God has no pleasure in afflicting us, but He will not keep back even the most painful chastisement if He can by thereby guide His beloved child to come home and abide in the beloved Son.
— Andrew Murray
The saints of God are called His hidden ones – Psalm 83:3. Why so? Not only because they are hid in God’s decree, and hid in Christ’s wounds, but oftentimes God hides them in a time of danger and calamity. He reserved to Himself seven thousand that had not bowed the knee to Baal. The prophet knew not where there was one, but God knew there were seven thousand.
— Thomas Watson
Let a man have what he will, and do what he will, it signifies nothing without charity; which surely implies that charity is the great thing, and that everything which has not charity is some way contained or implied in it is nothing, and that this charity is the life and soul of all religion, without which all things that wear the name of virtues are empty and vain.
— Jonathan Edwards