Arthur Hildersham on the inordinate love of earthly things

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We must labour to wean our hearts daily, from the overmuch love of all earthly things; and inure our selves to bear willingly the daily and ordinary crosses we are subject to in this life, nothing makes us so unwilling and unfit to dye, as the immoderate love of earthly things. They are in themselves (certainly) God’s good blessings, and he doth (of his goodness and bounty) allow us to use and enjoy them, not for our necessity onely, but even for our delight and comfort also he giveth us richly all things to enjoy, saith the Apostle, 1 Tim. 6. 17.

But the love of them is a most deadly enemy to grace, specially unto this grace of dying willingly and comfortably. That which the Apostle saith of the love of money, 1 Tim. 6. 10. that it is the root of all evil, and cause why many are even pierced through with many sorrows, (the truth whereof is never more seen then when they are to dye) may be likewise said of the love of any other worldly thing. Love not the world (saith the Apostle 1 John 2. 15.) neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. ...

For the reference, see Arthur Hildersham on the inordinate love of earthly things.
 
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