The Following of Christ, Book I, Chapter IV

cover of the ebook 'The Following of Christ'Of prudence in our doings

1. We must not be easy in giving credit to every word or suggestion; but carefully and leisurely weigh the matter according to God.

Alas! such is our weakness, that we often more readily believe and speak of another that which is evil: than that which is good.

But perfect men do not easily give credit to every report; because they know man’s weakness, which is very prone to evil, and very subject to fail in words.

2. It is great wisdom not to be rash in our doings: nor to maintain too obstinately our own opinion.

As also not to believe every man’s word; nor presently to tell others the things which we have heard or believed.

Consult with the wise and conscientious man: and seek rather to be instructed by one that is better, than to follow thine own inventions.

A good life make’s a man wise according to God, and expert in many things. The more humble a man is in himself, and more subject to God: the more wise will he be in all things, and the more at peace.