Around holiday times I always drag out my files of old articles and sermons that relate to the holidays. I enjoy looking at them. Church bulletins are becoming rarer these days, but I’ve always liked them and clipped articles I enjoyed.
The church in Bay City, Texas where my brother and his family attend enjoyed a long tenure with brother Joe Wrape as their minister. Joe was plain spoken yet loving. His favorite slogan printed in every bulletin was “Our only limitation is the size of our faith.” I love that! After he retired and moved to Georgia he came back to Bay City to preach a gospel meeting. During that meeting he passed from this life.
In my file there is an article called Noble Resolutions. I’m not sure if Joe wrote it or not, but I will share it with you because I think it’s good.
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 not 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 feeling between other people. I will not sow discord among my brethren.
If my brother is overtaken in a 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 strength 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 do not love me. After all, that’s why my Father would do.