You can look at something you are experiencing as punishment, or you can look at it as an opportunity to grow stronger in your faith and grow closer to Him.
The former goes hand in hand with the belief that God is a punishing God and the latter goes hand in hand with a God who is Love.
We may not yet be aware of what we have asked for at a spirit level, but God knows, and He/She is bringing us those experiences which help us to awaken. And He/She is experiencing through and as us, for we are One. To the ego these experiences may seem harsh, or punishment, but everything can be manna for you to see things in a different way, for you to awaken to a greater reality.
Everything we experience can be viewed as Love, for Love is all that exists.
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