Christlike Words and Deeds
thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
When you do your appointed work without
contention or criticism of others, a freedom, a light, and a power will attend
it that will give character and influence to the institutions and enterprises
with which you are connected.
Remember that you are never on vantage
ground when you are ruffled and when you carry the burden of setting right
every soul who comes near you. If you yield to the temptation to criticize
others, to point out their faults, to tear down what they are doing, you may be
sure that you will fail to act your own part nobly and well.
This is a time when every man in a
responsible position and every member of the church should bring every feature
of his work into close accord with the teachings of the Word of God. By
untiring vigilance, by fervent prayer, by Christlike words and deeds, we are to
show the world what God desires His church to be. . . .
Christ humbled Himself to stand at the
head of humanity, to meet the temptations and endure the trials that humanity
must meet and endure. He must know what humanity has to meet from the fallen
foe, that He might know how to succor those who are tempted.
And Christ has been made our judge. The
Father is not the judge. The angels are not. He who took humanity upon Himself,
and in this world lived a perfect life, is to judge us. He only can be our
judge. . . . No one of you has been appointed to be judge of others. It is all
that you can do to discipline yourselves. . . .
We have a character to maintain, but it
is the character of Christ. . . . May the Lord help us to die to self, and be
born again, that Christ may live in us, a living, active principle, a power
that will keep us holy.
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