More from Ralph Venning’s Orthodox Paradoxes, 1650:
He knows that he is born of God, and yet he finds by experience that he sins.
He is ashamed that he is a sinner, and yet he is not ashamed to confess himself a sinner.
He would not sin against his God, because God loves him; and yet he does not that God loves him though he sin against him. Hosea 3:1
He believes that God lets no man’s sin go unpunished, and yet God winks at some men’s sins. Acts 17:30.
He often-times does weep for sorrow and yet he rejoices when he weeps.
He knows that he is not yet delivered from fears, and yet he believes that he delivered from what he fears.
He affects and strives to be the highest of saints, and yet is contented to be the lowest.
He oftentimes disappointed of his joys; and yet he always joys in his disappointments.
He is willing to die daily, and yet daily prays to live longer.
He accounts his life but as a bobble; and yet he prizes it above the whole world.
He cannot say he is dead, and yet he dies daily; and though he lives, yet he says that it is not he. Gal. 2:20
He believes that he shall die once, and yet he believes that shall live with God forever.
He dares not put himself to death, lest he sin; and yet thinks he sins if does not die daily.
He knows that though he die, death cannot take away his life.