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.
- Let us delight in the knowledge of Christ crucified, and be often in the thoughts and study of him. Study Christ, not only as living, but dying; not as breathing in our air, but suffering in our stead; know him as a victim, which is the way to know him as a conqueror. Christ as crucified is the great object of faith.
- Theology has two parts: the first, of God; the second, of His works.
- Faith is the master-wheel, it sets all the other graces a-running.
- If God be an incomparable God, then incomparable service and worship is due to him.
- There is no death of sin without the death of Christ.