Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contenment - Part 1 Summary

At the end of Part 1 in The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs, the author summarizes:

Contentment is the inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, freely submitting to and taking pleasure in God's disposal in every condition: That is the description, and in it nine distinct things have been opened up which we summarize as follows: First, that contentment is a heart-work within the soul; Secondly, it is the quieting of the heart; Thirdly, it is the frame of the spirit; Fourthly, it is a gracious frame; Fifthly, it is the free working of this gracious frame; Sixthly, there is in it a submission to God, sending the soul under God; Seventhly, there is a taking pleasure in the hand of God; Eighthly, all is traced to God's disposal; Ninthly, in every condition, however hard it be and however long it continue.

In simply reiterating Burroughs definition of 'contentment' I realize how desperately I need to read, understand, and apply this book to my life:

I offer the following description: 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.

I'll take a personal inventory of my 'frame' during difficult times:
  • sweet - nope
  • inward - nah
  • quiet - no
  • gracious - nada
  • freely submits - nyet
  • delights - not likely

God help me.

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