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Abasement: to Be Rejoiced in
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
When Latimer resigned his bishopric, Foxe tells us that as he put off his rochet from his shoulders he gave a skip on the floor for joy, 'feeling his shoulders so light at being discharged of such a burden.' To be relieved of our wealth or high position is to be unloaded of weighty responsibilities, and should not cause us to fret, but rather to rejoice as those who are lightened of a great load. If we cease from office in the church, or from public honors, or from power of any sort, we may be consoled by the thought -that there is just so much the less for us to answer for at the great audit, when we must give an account of our stewardship.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Abasement: to Be Rejoiced in'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​a/abasement-to-be-rejoiced-in.html. 1870.