"Secondly, I deserve nothing. I am nothing, and I deserve nothing; suppose I have not this and that that others have, I am sure I deserve nothing except Hell: you will answer any of your servants so that is not content, I marvel what you deserve? Or your children, do you deserve it that you are so eager upon it? You think to stop their mouths thus; so we may easily stop our own mouths, we deserve nothing, and therefore why should we be impatient if we have not what we desire, if we had deserved anything, we might have some trouble of spirit, as a man that hath deserved well of the state, or of his friends, and he finds not an answerable encouragement, it troubles him mightily, but if he be conscious to himself that he hath deserved nothing, he is content with a repulse."
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.47.
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