Preachers need to take heed therefore, how they deal with young believers. Let them be careful not to pitch matters too high,
And here likewise there needs to be a caveat. Mercy does not rob us of our right judgment, so as to take stinking firebrands for smoking flax. None will claim mercy more of others than those who deserve due severity. This example does not countenance lukewarmness, nor too much indulgence to those that need quickening. Cold diseases must have hot remedies
It made for the just commendation of the church of Ephesus that it could not bear with them which were evil (Rev. 2:2). We should so bear with others as to manifest also a dislike of evil. Our Savior Christ would not forbear sharp reproof where he saw dangerous infirmities in his most beloved disciples. It brings us under a curse to do the work of the Lord deceitfully (Jer 48:10), even where it is a work of just severity, as when it is sheathing the sword in the bowels of the enemy. And those whom we suffer to be betrayed by their worst enemies, their sins, will have just cause to curse us one day.