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He need not fear confiscation that hath nothing to lose;

nor banishment, to whom heaven only is a country;

nor torments, when his body will be dashed with one blow;

nor death, which is the only way to set him at liberty from sin and sorrow.

 

Oh! but when a proud man is under troubles and afflictions,

his head and heart are full of plots and projects

how to get off his chains,

and to get out of the furnace, &c.

 

A proud heart will say anything,

and do anything,

and be anything, to free himself from the burdens that press him,

as you see in Pharaoh, &c.;

but an humble soul is willing to bear the cross

as long as he can get strength from heaven to kiss the cross,

to bless God for the cross,

and to glorify God under the cross.

 

Thomas Brooks, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ.