Irenicum, to the lovers of truth and peace heart-divisions opened in the causes and evils of them : with cautions that we may not be hurt by them, and endeavours to heal them
Burroughs, Jeremiah, 1599-1646.

The eleventh joyning Principle.

I will labour to do good to all, but provoke none.

A Father hath not so much power over his child, as to pro∣voke him. Col. 3. 21. Fathers provoke not your children to wrath. Surely if a man hath not this power over his child, he hath it not over his friend, his neighbour, much less his superi∣our: yet how many take delight in this, Such a thing I know will anger him, and he shall be sure to have it! Oh wicked heart! dost thou see that this will be a temptation to thy bro∣ther, and wilt thou lay it before him? dost thou not pray for thy self and for him, Lord lead us not into temptation? we should accout it the greatest evill to us of all the evill of affli∣ctions,* to be any occasion of sin to our brother; but what an evil should this be to us, to provoke our brother to sin? if we will needs be provoking, then let the Apostles exhortation pre∣vaile with us, Heb. 10. 24. Let us consider one another to provoke unto love, and to good works: Let us not consider one another in a way of curiosity and emulation, to envy, or find fault with one another, from whence frowardness, pride, hatred, dissenti∣ons, factions may arise, saith Hyperius upon the place, but con∣sider one another, so as we may further the good of one ano∣ther, so as to make one another quick and active in that which is good.