Sunday, October 05, 2008

Family organisation

LET ALL THINGS
BE DONE DECENTLY
AND IN ORDER
Not Coercion, but love
Not Ownership, but Stewardship

It seems to me that if any advance is to be made of the present situation – which is bringing almost daily petty conflicts and misunderstandings – we are going to have to all agree upon a few basic principles that must be laid down.
These are principles of of stewardship, responsibility and accountability. Without this, we are spinning our wheels and going nowhere and we'd be better off not pretending that we are.

Recognizing the standards of Jesus as regards our speech and attitude towards each other :
  1. I promise that I will never speak but in love and will do all I can to not be offensive nor be easily offended for Jesus said that it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence comes! (Matthew 18:7)
  1. I will always try to make amends when I realize I have offended someone. I must go quickly and see if the sin can be forgiven and the relationship restored, remembering that a brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. (Proverbs 18:19) Time is of the essence here; we are even admonished not to let the sun go down on wrath or unforgiven sin.
  1. When a brother asks for my forgiveness I will always give it to him. (Matt 18:21-22) This point is so easy to forget because, in our pride, we enjoy hanging on to each occasion that someone else was wrong and we had been proven right. Let us remember the words of the Lord's Prayer and the importance Jesus himself attached to this duty. Our very salvation is at stake!
  1. I will never spread rumors or speak loosely of guesses as if they were fact. If a thing could not be said in front of the person concerned, consider whether it should be said at all. Let everything be done unto edifying because the end result of your talk will show the fruit of it and what it was made of.
  1. I will make every effort to respect and obey those who are my elders. We all know that leadership is a godly principle and experience and church history teaches us that good leadership is essential. Remember Watchman Nee's personal lesson in this area of his life. If God has put you in a position of close contact with someone who is your elder it is your duty before God to submit.





Saturday, October 04, 2008

Words

"I'd like to help you."

"Words, Bernardo. There was a time when I believed in words."

— (Francesco di Assisi)