Comfort in All the Slights of the World

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  1. Joshua

    Joshua Administrator Staff Member

    Richard Sibbes (Works, V. 4, pp. 171, 172):

    [L]et us comfort ourselves in all the slightings of the world. A man that hath great hopes in his own country, if he be slighted abroad, he thinks with himself, I have other matters reserved elsewhere, and I shall have another manner of respect when I come home. The world it knows not God, nor Christ, nor us. Shall not we be content to go up and down as unknown men here, when God the Father and Christ our Saviour are unknown? There are better things reserved at home for us. Therefore let us digest all the slightings and abusage of carnal men. And let us not I envy them their condition that is but for term of life, use it as well as they will; that hath a date that will be out we know not how soon. Alas! all their happiness it is but a measured happiness; it is within their understandings; their eyes can see it and their ears can hear it, and when they can neither see nor conceive more in this world, then there is an end of all their sensible happiness. Shall we envy, when they shall shortly be turned out naked out of this world to the place of torment? We should present them to us as objects of pity, even the greatest men in the world, if we see by their carriage they be void of grace; but not envy any condition in this world.​
     
  2. Alex Foo

    Alex Foo Puritan Board Freshman

    thank you Joshua. I'm rebuked in the sense of wanting to feel important in this passing world, with its worldly system. May I be identified with Christ, who came humbly, and ascended to come back again to receive me into His eternal glory. May my heart, head, and hand align to do what He pleases, and to take privilege of temporal stay here for the service of Him, then staying eternally in heaven, greater service shall be rendered to the One who deserve all praise and glory.
     
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