These 10 rules, by which you can get along
with people, are based on Bible principles
and are thus absolutely dependable. They are
guaranteed to do the job of cultivating food
friendship in the most efficient manner.
Faithfully apply these 10 rules to your
daily life and see how much more real cheer
and happiness you have to enjoy and pass on
Keep skid chains on your tongue.
Say less than you think. “Everyone
should be quick to listen, slow to speak
and slow to become angry…” (James 1:19).
Make promises sparingly and keep them
faithfully, no matter what it costs you.
“Lie not one to another” (Col. 3:9).
Never let an opportunity pass to say
or do a kind thing to another. Do to
others as you would have them do to you
If criticism is merited, criticize
never destructively or spitefully (II
Be interested in others, their
pursuits, their welfare, their problems
and their burdens. “Rejoice with those
that rejoice, weep with those that
weep.” Let everyone you meet, however
humble, feel your sincere interest in
Keep the corners of your mouth
turned up. A soured person is not a
good representative of Christ or country.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; I will say it
again: Rejoice! Do not be anxious about
anything, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God” (Philippians 4:4,6).
Don’t complain about your pains, your
worries and disappointments. Be
long-suffering. “Let your gentleness be
evident to all” (Phil. 4:5).
“Be...patient in affliction” (Romans
Preserve an open mind on all
debatable questions. They searched
the Scriptures daily whether these
things were so” (Acts 17:11).
Be consistent. No one admires a
Christian flirting with the world any
more than did the chief priests and
elders admire Judas for betraying Jesus
into their hands. “Therefore, my dear
brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move
you. Always give yourselves fully to the
work of the Lord, because you know that
your labor in the Lord is not in vain”
(I Cor. 15:58).
Nothing is wrong with the mind of the
man who minds his own business. “If
you suffer, it should not be as a
murderer or thief or any other kind of
criminal, or even as a meddler” (1 Peter
4:15). A person usually tries to run
another’s business after he has lost his
by Gale Oler