Thursday, 7 November 2013

Ready To Die ?

Does not fear of death make our lives a continual torment ? 
Erasmus said, "The fear of death causes more sorrow than death itself." 
Our lives might be full of joy in daily contemplation of the sweet thoughts of heavenly joy, but we fill them with terrors and fears. We consume our own comforts. 
He that fears death must be always afraid because he always expects it. How can life be comfortable when you continually fear of losing your comforts ?
These are self-created sufferings, and we become the executioners of our own calamities. As if God had not inflicted enough upon us, we must inflict more upon ourselves.
Death is bitter enough to the flesh, but must we multiply it's bitterness ? 
Do we complain about the burden of our troubles, and yet daily add to their weight ?
The state of our poor mortals is sufficiently calamitous without making it worse. 
These are useless and unprofitable fears. 
Our fear cannot prevent our sufferings or delay our time to die one hour. Willing or unwilling we fly away
Our fear can ensnare our souls to many temptations. If we are called to die for Christ may not fear draw us away to forsake the Lord Himself ? 
When you see the gibbet or hear the sentence, will you say, "I do not know the man." ?
He that is afraid to die will not fight valiantly. Let us be content with our allotted portion. 
We should not murmur about our degree of wealth or honour, or about our allowed proportion of time.
O' my soul, depart in peace. Have you not enjoyed a sufficient share? 
Much time has much duty. Beg for grace to improve your time, and be content with your share. Life that lacks in length may be made up in breadth, weight and sweetness.
Christ went this way and sanctified the grave. 
You are not entering an untrodden path.

~Richard Baxter.

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