Christianity and rigidness (Oliver Heywood)

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Christianity pares off the roughness and rigidness of men's spirits, and makes them lie even in God's building; they that were hateful, hating one another, now are meek, gentle, tender-hearted, and easy to be entreated. The sweet cement which in one sure band connects the whole frame, is love and charity.

Oliver Heywood, Baptismal Bonds Renewed (1687) in The Whole Works of the Rev. Oliver Heywood, B.A. (5 vols, Idle: John Vint, 1826), 4: 5.