It may be that a man for a while may be so overpowered that he is not able to render a rational account of his ways, but wait awhile and deal with him tenderly in love. Consider his personal disabilities and his temptations; give him all the allowance you can. If one means prevails not to show him his error, try another. If at one time you do no good upon him, see what may be done at another.
From the book Irenicum: Healing the Divisions Among God's People
by Jeremiah Burroughs 1653