19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.
Hummingbird on flying. Golden-tailed Sapphire (Chrysuronia oenone) in NE Venezuela by Marcia14
Be of good cheer, dearest friend,
When we trust in Christ,
our afflictions all will end.
His promise is ever true,
and meant for me and you,
Our God Who cannot lie
will deliver us in His time!
It begins with repentance.
Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Our Lord will receive us. He comforts us.
Song of Solomon 2
10 My beloved spake, and said unto me,
Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
I’ve added a new page by this same name. Go there to read the entire account of events surrounding Christian’s stay there.
Charles H. Spurgeon believed that the palace represented the Church. Please take this link to Sherry’s blog He Hath Said to get a pdf version of Spurgeon’s book about The Pilgrim’s Progress (the link is to the right of the image of the book cover).
The following is a lovely and encouraging excerpt from this part of John Bunyan’s book:
“Thus they discoursed together till late at night; and after they had committed themselves to their Lord for protection, they betook themselves to rest: the Pilgrim they laid in a large upper chamber, whose window opened towards the sun-rising: the name of the chamber was Peace; where he slept till break of day, and then he awoke and sang—
‘Where am I now? Is this the love and care
Of Jesus for the men that pilgrims are?
Thus to provide! that I should be forgiven!
And dwell already the next door to heaven!’”