"What, doest thou think there is no way for the Contentment of thy Spirit but this getting off thy burden? Oh thou art deceived, the way of Contentment is, to add another burden, that is, labour to load and burden thy heart with thy sin, and the heavier the burden of thy sin is to thy heart, the lighter will the burden of thy affliction be to thy soul, and so shalt thou come to be content: If thy burden were lightened; that would content thee; thou thinkest there is no way to lighten it but to get it off, but thou art deceived, for if thou can get thy heart to be more burdened with thy sin, thou will be less burdened with thy afflictions."
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651. Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.21.
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