A good Christian will argue thus: it is God that has put me in this condition; he could have raised me higher, if he pleased, but that might have been a snare to me: he has done it in wisdom and love; therefore I will sit down satisfied with my condition.
“God will not take us into heaven, into the vision and possession of heavenly glory, with our heads and hearts reeking with the thoughts and affections of earthly things.”
“Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”
“He is no Christian who lives not much in the meditation of the mediation of Christ, and the especial acts of it. Nay; if our minds are not fill with these things–if Christ does not dwell plentifully in our hearts by faith–if our souls are not possessed with them . . . we are strangers to the life of faith.”
“When men begin to satisfy themselves with general hopes of mercy in God, without a continual respect for the interposition and mediation of Christ . . . there is a decay in their faith and proportionally in all other evangelic graces also.”
“What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies.”
“Murmuring is the rising up of oneself against God. It sets oneself against God as if I am wiser than He.”