This is a good New Years article from my files by Joe Wrape. Joe was the preacher where my brother and his family attended in Bay City, Texas for many years. He had a fiery but loving presence that reached many people for Christ. After retiring he returned to Bay City to preach in a revival, during which he had a heart attack and passed away. He lived and died preaching the gospel. At the bottom of every one of his church bulletins was this attention-getting sentence: Our Only Limitation is the Size of our Faith! I’m glad I saved this article and the memory of brother Joe. – JED
I will not harbor unclean thoughts.
I will not speak harshly or unkindly of anyone.
I will not hold malice in my heart toward anyone.
I will withhold my words when there is a doubt as to my motive in speaking.
I will no criticize anyone to his back but will go directly to him or hold my tongue altogether.
I will not receive an unfavorable report concerning the life of anyone, unless it is supported by the testimony of two or more witnesses.
I will refrain from all gossip and will not tell or repeat anything that might cause ill feelings between people I will not sow discord among my brethren.
If my brother is overtaken in any trespass, I will go at once and endeavor to restore him in the spirit of meekness, looking to myself lest I also be tempted.
I will have faith and confidence in my fellowman, and will cultivate the habit of putting a charitable construction upon his words and actions. I will believe the best, not the worst, about him.
I will do all in my power to help the weak, lift the fallen, encourage the fainthearted, feed the hungry, clothe the naked and comfort all who mourn.
With the strong that God gives, I will do all the good that I can in every way I can to as many people as I can. I will endeavor to make this world a better place in which to live and move upward to the higher realm.
I will love you, even if you don’t love me. After all, that’s what my Father would do.
Selah! Joe Wrape