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In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves.-ii. 25.
“ There will come a time, when three words, uttered with Charity and Meekness, shall receive a far more blessed reward than three thousand Volumes, written with disdainful sharpness of wit."-(Hooker's Preface to the Ecclesiastical Polity ; Section 2, sub finem.)
Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded. Titus ï. 6,
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.–James i. 4. · The “perfect work” of patience can only be accom. plished by enduring to the end, waiting God's time. His time is best : His way is best : His will is best! The Hebrew reading of Psalm xl. 1. as given in the margin of our Bibles, is very beautiful: “In waiting I waited." There is such a thing as impatient waiting.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.-i. 19, 20. '
It might be well, if, on entering into large parties con. vened for discussion, each individual should imagine him. self met by a “Remembrancer”; whose office it should be, to repeat to him these few words--SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK. But the divine motto must be borne in mind, all through the discussion ; especially if debate should run high.--How rarely do we find occasion to repent our having said too little ! how often may we regret the having uttered at least one sentence too much! how beautiful in itself, and how winning upon others, is “a refraining spirit.”!
My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom that is from above, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.—James iii. 1, 2. 13-18.
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is, in the sight of God, of great price.—1 Peter iii. 4.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.-iii. 8.
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.—v. 5.
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.—1 John iv. 15, 16.
FROM IZAAK WALT
THE CLOSING YEARS OF HIS LIFE.
The foundation of these books (on “ Ecclesiastical Polity"] was laid in the Temple; but he found it no fit place to finish what he had there designed; and he therefore earnestly solicited the Archbishop for a remove from that place; to whom he spake to this purpose:
“My Lord, when I lost the freedom of my cell, which was my College, yet I found some degree of it in my quiet country parsonage: but I am weary of the noise and oppositions of this place; and indeed, God and nature did not intend me for contentions, but for study and quietness. My Lord, my particular contests with Mr. Travers here have proved the more unpleasant to me, because I believe him to be a good man; and that belief hath occasioned me to examine mine own conscience concerning his opinions; and, to satisfy that, I have consulted the Scripture and other laws, both human and divine, whether the conscience of him and others of his judgment ought to be so far complied with as to alter our frame of Church government, our manner of God's worship, our praising and praying to him, and our established ceremonies, as often as his and others' tender consciences shall require us; and in this examination I have not only satisfied myself, but have begun a treatise, in which I intend a Justification of the Laws of our Ecclesiastical Polity: in which design, God and his holy angels shall at the last great day bear me that witness which my conscience now does, that my meaning is not to provoke any, but rather to satisfy all tender consciences; and I shall never be able to do this, but where I may study, and pray for God's blessing upon my endeavours, and keep myself in peace and privacy, and behold God's blessing spring out of my mother earth, and eat my own bread without oppositions; and therefore, if Your Grace can judge me worthy of such a favour, let me beg it, that I may perfect what I have begun.”
About this time the parsonage or rectory of Boscum, in the Diocese of Sarum, and six miles from that city, became void. The Bishop of Sarum is patron of it; but in the vacancy of that see (which was three years betwixt the translation of Bishop Pierce to the see of York, and Bishop Caldwell's admission into it) the disposal of that and all benefices belonging to that see, during this said vacancy, came to be disposed of by the Archbishop of Canterbury; and he presented Richard Hooker to it in the year 1591.