CONFESSIONS AND PROMISES
While browsing through the old documents stored on my computer I stumbled on the following thoughts formulated originally 30 years ago. I think I wrote them. My daughter said they sounded like me and that I could claim them as my own. So here they are . . .
I confess that I do not know everything about anything, and therefore I have much to learn from every one in this room and from every one I meet. I promise to listen with both my ears and my heart and listen most carefully to what seems to me to be an error, and while I am listening I will entertain the possibility that what I am hearing may in fact be the truth.
I confess that I know at least a few things that no one else knows in the way that I know them through my own experience, knowledge and understanding. I promise that whenever I speak I will speak honestly in love, and will entertain the possibility that what I say as truth may in fact be partial, incomplete and an error.
I confess that I will be judged by the Lord, not by those with whom I differ. I promise not to judge the persons with whom I differ, but will allow them to answer for themselves at the mercy seat of Christ. I will accept others even as the Lord Jesus has accepted me.