A Treatise on Self-Knowledge, by J. Mason. the Economy of Human Life, by R. Dodsley. the Great Importance of a Religious Life Considered, by W. Melmoth

A Treatise on Self-Knowledge, by J. Mason. the Economy of Human Life, by R. Dodsley. the Great Importance of a Religious Life Considered, by W. Melmoth

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ... great an advantage to us, as a much greater of another kind. It is a trite but true observation, that a wise man receives more benefit from his enemies than from his friends, from his afflictions than from his mercies; by which means he makes his enemies in effect his best friends, and his afflictions his greatest mercies..Certain it is, that a man never has an opportunity of taking a more fair and undisguised view of himself than in these circumstances: and therefore, by diligently observing in what manner he is affected at such times, he may make an improvement in the true knowledge of himself, very much to his future advantage, though perhaps not a little to his present mortification; for a sudden provocation from man, or severe affliction from God, may detect something which lay latent and undiscovered so long at the bottom of his heart, that he never once suspected it to have had any place there. Thus the one excited wrath in the meekest man, Psal. cvi. 33. and the other passion in the most patient. Job, iii. 3. By considering, then, in what manner we bear the particular afflictions God is pleased to allot us, and what benefit we receive from them, we may come to a very considerable acquaintance with oarselves. (3.) In a time of peace, prosperity, and pleasure, when the soul is generally most unguarded, what is its temper and disposition then? This is the warm season that nourishes and impregnates the seeds of vanity, self-confidence, and a supercilious contempt of others. If there be such a root of bitterness in the heart, it will be very apt to shoot forth in the sunshine of uninterrupted prosperity, even after the frost of adversity had nipped it, and, as we thought, killed it. Prosperity is a trial, as well as adversity, and is...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236866835
  • 9781236866837