Sunday Citation

“A Christian comes to contentment, not so much by way of addition, as by way of subtraction. That is his way of contentment, and it is a way that the world has no skill in. I open it thus: not so much by adding to what he would have, or to what he has, not by adding more to his condition; but rather by subtracting from his desires, so as to make his desires and his circumstances even and equal…

“A Christian comes to contentment, not so much by getting rid of the burden that is on him, as by adding another burden to himself…The way of contentment is to add another burden, that is, to labor to load and burden your heart with your sin; the heavier the burden of your sin is to your heart, the lighter will the burden of your affliction be to your heart, and so you shall come to be content. If you can get your heart to be more burdened with your sin, you will be less burdened with your afflictions.”

-Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646), in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment p. 14

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