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#LAFruits: Is it good for a Christian to be afflicted? (Psalm 119)

David said:

It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Psalms 119:71

I’m not sure many of us agree that affliction may be a catalyst for a change of heart.

1. It may mean that because he was afflicted, he was forced to find out what God says about healing.

And borrowing Matthew Henry’s words :

 2. That it has been the advantage of God’s people to be afflicted. David could speak experimentally: It was good for me;many a good lesson he had learnt by his afflictions, and many a good duty he had been brought to which otherwise would have been unlearnt and undone. Therefore God visited him with affliction, that he might learn God’s statutes; and the intention was answered: the afflictions had contributed to the improvement of his knowledge and grace. He that chastened him taught him. The rod and reproof give wisdom.

What do you think: is it good for a Christian to be afflicted? Do you agree with Matthew Henry?

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Ike Amadi for @thelafamily