Is it not better to be contented from a principle of love to God, than from a principle of self-love?
If I get Content by having my desire satisfied, that is but self-love; but when I am Contented with the hand of God, and am willing to be at his dispose, that comes from my love to God, in having my desire satisfied there I am contented through self-love, but through the grace of Contentment I come to be Contented out of love to God; and is it not better to be contented from a principle of love to God, than from a principle of self-love?
Burroughs, J. (1651). Sermon VI. In The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (p. 76). London: W. Bentley.
- Even the devil himself contributes in some way to the glory of God, though contrary to his wish.
- God is the Creator of the wicked, not of their wickedness; He is the Author of their being, but not the Infuser of their sin.
- Fatalism has no place for a personal God.
- How unworthy is it for dust and ashes, kneaded together in time, to strut against the Father of eternity! Much more unworthy for that which is nothing, worse than nothing, to quarrel with that which is only being, and equal himself with him that inhabits eternity.
- God is the most simple being; for that which is first in nature, having nothing beyond it, cannot by any means be thought to be compounded.