05 February 2018
"In reading the Bible the natural tendency is for men to lay hold of just those passages which tend to confirm something that is already in the mind, while remaining strangely oblivious to all that reproves them. The stern, unbending puritans knew every passage in the Bible dealing with the destruction of the wicked. All that is severe in scripture was ready to their tongues, and they assumed as a matter of course that men who opposed them were the enemies of God. They did not pay much heed to the instruction that they so sorely needed and which might have made them fit to become Christians.
On the other hand, there are men and women who have a good knowledge of all that is beautiful and gentle in the New Testament but feel no interest in anything else. The result is that they have no zeal for divine things and they never even find the Faith for which Christians are required to contend.
If we sincerely desire to let the thought of Christ’s judgment influence our lives in this day of preparation, we must make a genuine effort to learn of him, especially in those matters that appeal to us least. It is worse than useless for the vigorous man to judge and condemn the flaccidity of one who is gentle, or for the gentle man to condemn the coarseness and brutality of the earnest fighter. We all have something to “overcome” a weakness common to all of us being a tendency to magnify the faults from which we are immune. The truculent man must learn to be meek and gentle, the gentle man must learn to be vigorous and zealous and the less they say about each other the better."
- I. Collyer
The Judgment of Christ (1933)