There is more evil in a drop of sin, than in a sea of affliction.
Use 2d. Do any thing rather than sin! O hate sin! There is more evil in the least sin, than in the greatest bodily evils that can befall us. The ermine rather chooseth to die than defile her beautiful skin. There is more evil in a drop of sin, than in a sea of affliction; affliction is but like a rent in a coat, sin a prick at the heart. In affliction there is aliquid boni, some good; in this lion there is some honey to be found, Ps. 119:71., “It is good for me that I have been afflicted.” Utile est anima si in hac area mundi flagellis trituretur corpus, AUG. Affliction is God’s flail to thrash off our husks; not to consume; but refine. There is no good in sin; it is the spirit and quintessence of evil. Sin is worse than hell; for the pains of hell only are a burden to the creature; but sin is a burden to God, Amos. 2:13., “I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.”
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- 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.