Suffering Brings Us Closer to the Man of Sorrows

Robert Murray M'Cheyne received a letter from a friend during a time of suffering explaining how sorrows bring us closer to the man of sorrows…

“There is a great want [lack] about all Christians who have not suffered. Some flowers must be broken or bruised before they emit any fragrance. All the wounds of Christ send out sweetness- all the sorrows of Christians do the same. Commend me to a bruised brother, a broken reed- one like the Son of Man. The Man of Sorrows is never far from him. To me there is something sacred and sweet in all suffering; it is so much akin to the Man of Sorrows.” 

Robert Murray M'Cheyne by Andrew Bonar, Banner of Truth 2012, page 220