The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
Doctoring the Spiritual Disease of Discontent
Without a doubt, the most readable and useful book ever written to promote a contented, thankful, uncomplaining and grateful walk with God. We live in a world of grumblers, discontent with God’s widespread goodness. It is all too easy for Christians to share in this spirit with the world.
This book, in typical Puritan form, “doctors” us by proposing remedies to our “spiritual disease” and helps us grow a spirit of thankfulness in its place.
The author focuses especially on helping to bring calm and contentment to the hearts of those in sad and discouraged times. He also aims to promote peace and harmony among believers with various differences of opinion.
Table of Contents
- Christian Contentment Described
- It is Quiet
- It is a Frame of spirit
- A Gracious frame
- It Freely Submits to God’s disposal
- Takes Pleasure in God’s Disposal
- It does this in every condition
The Mystery of Contentment
- A Christian is Content, yet unsatisfied
- He comes to contentment by subtraction
- By adding another burden to himself
- By changing the affliction into something else
- Doing the work of his circumstances
- By melting his will into God’s will
- By purging out that which is within
- He lives on the dew of God’s blessing
- He sees God’s love in afflictions
- His afflictions are sanctified in Christ
- He gets strength from Christ
- He makes up his wants in God
- Gets contentment from the Covenant
- He supplies wants by what he finds in himself
- He gets supply from the Covenant
- How Christ Teaches Contentment
- The knowledge of one’s own heart
- The burden of a prosperous condition
- Knowing your proper relation to the world
- Understanding the evil of being given up to one’s own heart’s desires
- A right knowledge of God’s providence
- The evils of a murmuring spirit
- How to attain contentment
About the Author, Puritan minister Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs combined harmoniously in his own person what might be considered incompatible qualities: a fervent zeal for purity of doctrine and worship, and a peaceable spirit, which longed and laboured for Christian unity. For the first of these qualities the Puritans are renowned; in the second, they are deemed by some critics to have been deficient. A close study of the problem suggests that, as a whole, the Puritans were no more and no less concerned about the visible unity of the Church than is the Word of God.
But in the case of Burroughs we find a man who, among his contemporaries and colleagues, was recognized as outstanding for his conciliatory temper and efforts. The often-quoted opinion of Richard Baxter was that if all the Episcopalians had been like Archbishop Ussher, all the Presbyterians like Stephen Marshall, and all the Independents like Jeremiah Burroughs, then the breaches of the Church would soon have been healed. Of Burroughs himself, it was said that his heart was broken by the divisions among the Puritan reformers in the 1640s and that this contributed to his premature death at the age of forty-seven.
Burroughs authored numerous other books, among which are A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness and Gospel Worship.