THOMAS MANTON (1620-1677)
The afflictions he brings on his people come from love: “For whom the Lord love, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he recieiveth” (Hebrew 12:6) “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten” (Rev 3:19). It is good to see whence our evil cometh. Afflictions upon God’s own children mostly come from God’s paternal love, out of mere love, for the increase and trial of grace. God may punish others, but he chasteneth none but sons.
That is an affect of his fatherly love, or else from mere anger, “an evil, an only evil.” (Ezek 7:5) In a design of vengeance, God does not fan or purge but destroys. So, upon the reprobate, all their troubles are the beginning of sorrow, the suburbs of hell. Or else from anger mixed with love, or fatherly displeasure; as the corrections that follow sin. David’s child was taken away (2 Sam 12:10-12). Anger beginneth but love tempereth the dispensation. Or else from love mixed with anger: as Job out of love was put upon trial, that his patience and faith maybe manifested. But Job mingleth his own corruption, and his murmurings, and then God puts in a measure of anger, and speaketh to him out of the whirlwind.
The Life of Faith–Thomas Manton