Converse much with them that live by faith, and fetch their motives and comforts from the things unseen

To converse with them that live all by sense, and shew no other desires, or joys, or sorrows, but what are fetched from fleshly sensible things, is a great means to draw us downwards with them.

And to converse with them who converse in heaven; and speak of nothing else so comfortably or so seriously; who shew us that heaven is the place they travel to, and the state that all their life doth aim at; and who make little of all the wants or plenty, pains or pleasures of the flesh; this much conduceth to make us heavenly.

As men are apt to learn and use the language, the motives, and the employments of the country and people where they live; so he that is most familiar with such as live by faith, upon things unseen, and taketh God’s promise for full security, hath a very great help to learn and live that life himself; Heb. 10:24. 25. 1 Thes. 4:17, 18. Phil. 3:20, 21.

—Richard Baxter
The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 12, 167.


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