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To be content isn’t simple or easy. Saint Paul says he had to _learn_ to be content. (Phil. 4.11) So do we today.
We learn contentment, says Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646), in “the school of Christ”. The first lesson, _self-denial_, is difficult. But this is the only way to become Christ’s students and learn “the mystery of contentment.”
A person who is self-centered, wanting only his own way, becomes hardened and complains when things go against what he wants.
In contrast, when we start to learn self denial, our heart begins to soften, and we are more able to receive setbacks and losses as part of God’s sovereign and good working.
Coffee/tea thought:. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” Romans 8.28-29 NIV
Ref: Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (1648), published shortly after his death.
May 14th, 2018
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