We should be aware of our own infirmities, and think humbly of ourselves, even when men reproach us. The work of the ministry is spiritual warfare with spiritual enemies and for spiritual purposes. Outward force is not the gospel method, but strong persuasions, by the power of truth and the meekness of wisdom. Conscience is accountable to God only, and people must be persuaded to God and their duty, not driven by force. Thus the weapons of our warfare are mighty; the evidence of truth is convincing. What opposition is made to the gospel, by the powers of sin and Satan in the hearts of men! But observe the conquest the word of God gains. The appointed means, however feeble they appear to some, will be mighty through God. And the preaching of the cross, by men of faith and prayer, has always been fatal to idolatry, impiety, and wickedness.