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.
- One hour spent under the cross, while the soul is thus elevated—thus abased—thus joyful—and thus sorrowful—is better than a thousand of earthly delights.
- Meditation is the chewing upon the truths we have heard: The beasts in the old law that did not chew the cud, were unclean: the christian that doth not by meditation chew the cud, is to be accounted unclean. Meditation is like the watering of the seed, it makes the fruits of grace to flourish.
- The Bible is thought of as authoritative on everything of which it speaks. Moreover, it speaks of everything.
- Remember you are not a tree, that can stand alone; you are only “a branch,” and it is only while you abide in Him, as a branch, that you will flourish.
- The Sabbath is the great day for gathering in souls—it is Christ’s market-day.