Editorial – The Silent Sermon

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life.” Philippians 2:14–16, first part.

A few of the traits of character that result in making believers shine as lights in the world are listed below:

The love of Jesus in the heart produces traits of character that the Christian will shine as lights. They will be patient, kind and respectful to others and easy to be entreated. They will be courteous. In dealing with others they will display meekness and gentleness with no harsh or domineering words or actions. They will show no partiality treating all the same. Their hearts will be pure doing what is right themselves and extending mercy to others who do not act accordingly. Their speech will be Christlike.

“Christ’s knowledge was great, his wisdom deep; but it was without pretense. It found expression in words beautiful with the grace of simplicity, yet clothed with dignity and power.” The Youth’s Instructor, March 19, 1903. “Un-Christlike speech lies at the foundation of nine tenths of all the difficulties that exist in the church.” The Review and Herald, November 24, 1904.

“Into the city of God there will enter nothing that defiles. All who are to be dwellers there will here have become pure in heart. In one who is learning of Jesus, there will be manifest a growing distaste for careless manners, unseemly language, and coarse thought. When Christ abides in the heart, there will be purity and refinement of thought and manner. …

“Only like can appreciate like. Unless you accept in your own life the principle of self-sacrificing love, which is the principle of His character, you cannot know God.” Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, 24, 25.

“All spiritual culture Christ has provided for His children. If Jesus is abiding in the soul, the heart is filled with the holy graces of His Spirit, which makes itself manifest in the transforming of the features. If you would have beauty and loveliness of character, the divine law must be written upon the heart and carried out in the life.” Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work, 22.

“Christ presents His loveliness of character for you to copy.” Manuscipt Releases, vol. 11, 312.

“A profession is nothing in the sight of a holy God. If the truth does not produce beauty of soul and loveliness of character it is of no benefit to the one who claims to believe it.” The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, 1472.