It is also” peaceable”. That is an excellent test whether the teaching which makes a man thinks he has received from God really came from God or not. Does it make him contentious and aggressive? Or, even while he’s endeavoring to prevail upon Christian men to receive a truth which they record with suspicion and distrust, it is clear that his affection for them is unbroken, and that he dreads the prevalence of bitterness and ill–temper among Christian people as much as he dreads the power of error? Is it manifest that he does not suppose is clear vision of some great truth compares the worth of all that his brother and had noticed that truth before– That he does not imagine that their claim to be regarded as loyal to Christ is lessened by the error which, as he thinks, he has discovered in their creed? Does he teach, or does he fight? Does he imply that the new truth which she has to tell get some some personal distinction?
Lord Bolingbroke said of Fenelon that “the Archbishop never outshone, But would lead you into truths in such a manner that you thought you had discovered them yourself.” What a wonderful contrast to the insolent contempt for all who do not accept their opinions which characterizes some public speakers. The mere profession of brotherly affections for those from whom we differ is not enough. Do we actually treat them as brothers, and his brothers and we love? Some of you may remember Cardinal Newman, and his reply to Dr. Pusey’s Eirenicon, said,”You have discharged your olive branch from a catapult”; And there’re some professions of a peaceable disposition which are more aggressive and exasperating the declaration of war.
The Epistle of James
R.W. Dale, 1902, pp.111-112.