Biblical Meditation “Remember, it is not hasty reading, but serious meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that make them prove sweet and profitable to the soul” (21).
The Nature of Sin: “Sin is of an encroaching nature; it creeps on the soul by degrees, step by step, till it hath the soul to the very height of sin” (39).
How to Grow in True Discernment: “It is not he that receives most of the truth unto his head, but he that receives most of the truth affectionately into his heart, that shall enjoy the happiness of having his judgment sound and clear, when others shall be deluded and deceived by them, who make it their business to infect the judgments and to undo the souls of men….It is not the hearing of truth, nor the knowing of truth, nor the commending of truth, nor the talking of truth, but the indwelling of truth in your souls, that will keep your judgment s chase and sound, in the midst of all those glittering errors that betray many souls into his hands, that can easily ‘transform himself into an angel of light’” (2 Cor 2:14) (93-94).
Humility: “Tell me, saints, is it not more sweet, comfortable, and delightful thing to look more upon one another’s graces than upon one another’s infirmities” (199)?
The Spiritual Pleasure of Peace: “Certainly, men of froward, unquiet, firery spirits cannot have that sweet evidence of their interest in the God of peace, and in the Prince of peace, and in the Spirit of peace, as those precious souls have that follow after the things that make for love and peace. The very name of peace is sweet and comfortable; the fruit and effect thereof pleasant and profitable, more to be desired than innumerable triumphs; it is a blessing that ushers in a multitude of other blessings (2 Cor 13:11; Is 9:6)” (202).