God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rules - 2:9

9.  Do not make fun of another's weaknesses, but think of your own shortcomings (Galatians 6).  We all have our faults & thee is no one of whom it is not said, "Oh, if only this were not!"  Either we are, or have been, or can become what another is.  For this reason, have patience & sympathy with your neighbor's weakness & frailty.  And yet, do not be a hypocrite by condoning him in his sin, or neglecting brotherly reproof & admonition.

But if you do wish to rebuke him, be careful to bring your reproof at a suitable time.  For to rebuke others at the wrong time will do more harm than good, especially if the rebuke is too sharp & not tempered with meekness.  A reproof is like a salad, in which one should use more oil than vinegar.



TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh....I so love this one - the part about any of being able to become what we criticize...and reproof being like a salad....Too, too, good! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin