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       Robert Leighton
       1611-1684
      
       Robert Leighton was a Scottish prelate and scholar, best known as a church minister, Bishop of Dunblane, Archbishop of Glasgow, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh from 1653 to 1662. He was "noted for his Christian piety, his humility and gentleness, and his devotion to his calling".
      
       Leighton saw good and bad in both the Episcopal and the English Puritan forms of worship. The Puritan Party gained such popularity that Leighton retired from the Ministry at Newbattle, citing the introduction of the Cromwellian ideas as to doctrine and ritual, as his main reason. Scotland's "Apostle of Peace", as he became known, took up the post at Edinburgh University as Principal for a period of 8 years, before being summoned to London, by Charles II, to be one of four Bishops appointed to look after the King's Northern realm in the Westminster Way. Hence his term at Dunblane as Bishop and subsequently at Glasgow as Archbishop.


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Adversity is the diamond dust heaven polishes its jewels with.

    Topics: Adversity

As the sun can be seen only by its own light, so Christ can be known only by His own Spirit.

    Topics: Christ, Holy Spirit, Light

But herein is the excellency of this Divine Sun, that He illuminates not only the object, but the faculty; doth not only open the mysteries of His kingdom, but opens blind eyes to behold them.

    Topics: Christ

Good words do more than hard speeches, as the sunbeams, without any noise, will make the traveler cast off his cloak, which all the blustering winds could not do, but only make him bind it closer to him.

    Topics: Encouragement

Forgive thyself little, and others much.

    Topics: Forgiveness, Humility

Calumny would soon starve and die of itself if nobody took it in and gave it a lodging.

    Topics: Gossip

The cure of an evil tongue must be done at the heart. The weights and wheels are there, and the clock strikes according to their motion. A guileful heart makes a guileful tongue and lips. It is the work-house where is the forge of deceits and slanders; and the tongue is only the outer shop where they are vended, and the door of it. Such ware as is made within, such, and no other, can come out.

    Topics: Gossip, The Heart, The Tongue

By this may all know that we are not His disciples, because we hate one another.

    Topics: Hatred, Discipleship

A holy life is a voice; it speaks when the tongue is silent, and is either a constant attraction or a perpetual reproof.

    Topics: Holiness, The Tongue

The Sum is: 1. Remember always the presence of God. 2. Rejoice always in the will of God. And 3. Direct all to the glory of God.

    Topics: Holiness

Great is he who enjoys his earthenware as if it were plate, and not less great is the man to whom all his plate is no more than earthenware.

    Topics: Humility

If thou wouldst find much favor and peace with God and man, be very low in thine own eyes. Forgive thyself little and others much.

    Topics: Humility

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