How Are Your Manners?
1 PETER 3:8.
Common courtesy is becoming less common every day. And that’s too bad, because God
says, ‘...be courteous...that you might inherit a blessing’ (1 Peter 3:8-9 NKJ). We wonder about
pleasing God. Preachers have made it complicated; a series of long, drawn-out, deeply painful
acts designed to appease a peeved deity Who takes delight in making us squirm. But Micah
everything in me
simplifi es it, ‘... what does the Lord require of you...to
love kindness...’ (Micah 6:8 NAS). Could
wants to scream
language be clearer? Here are ten ‘not-so-common’ courtesies you might want to work on:
at people, which
1) Go out of your way to speak to people: ‘Pleasant words are...healing...’ (Proverbs 16:24 NIV).
I know is not
from You. Help
2) Try to remember their names; it shows that you value them.
me Lord become
3) Smile; it increases your face value.
the opposite to
4) Be friendly and helpful. If you do, people will reciprocate (Proverbs 18:24).
my sinful nature,
5) Show genuine interest. You can like almost anybody if you try.
to build up, 6) Be generous with your praise and cautious with your criticism
7) Be slow to judge. There are three sides to every story: your side, their side and the right side.
well of, show
8) Seek to be of service; ‘...by love, serve one another’ (Galatians 5:13).
9) Learn to trust people; it builds lasting relationships.
me be the person
10) Finally, add a sense of humour, a good dose of patience and a dash of humility. Courtesy
You made me to
a) says a lot about the parents who raised you and the family you belong to. Jesus said, ‘Let
be and when I
have choices to
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in
make in life, which
Heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16 NKJ) b) determines the level of your blessing!
sometimes force a
reaction, help me
to make the right
Getting it Right
choice with the
‘I HAVE NOT SHUNNED TO DECLARE UNTO YOU ALL THE
right attitude for COUNSEL OF GOD’ ACTS 20:27.
Your Glory, Amen.
Believe it or not, 150 years ago some of our best preachers, including founders of great
denominations, used the Bible to defend slavery. There’s a lesson there for us. The danger
lies in deciding what we want, then using the Bible to justify it, instead of reading the whole
counsel of God on a matter and bringing our thinking and lifestyle into agreement with it.
David prayed, ‘O Lord...Make Thy way straight before me,’ because he didn’t dare trust his
own way. (Psalm 5:8 NAS). God’s voice isn’t all that diffi cult to hear. In fact, to miss it, you
almost have to be closing your eyes and stopping your ears. He shouts through our pain,
whispers to us while we’re relaxing on holiday, occasionally speaks to us in a song and warns
us through the 66 books of His written Word.
Count on it; God’s Word will never lead you astray. Never! In addition to His own unfailing
wisdom, God gives us wise counsellors, friends, acquaintances, parents, teachers and
mentors who’ve earned our love and respect through long years. If you’re wise, you’ll fi lter
what you believe to be the will of God through their thoughts and perspectives. Does your
conviction about the direction you’re heading in deepen daily? Or are you seeing lots of red
fl ags and caution signs? Before you undertake a major life-change be sure it’s God’s voice
you’re hearing and God’s Word you’re following. In other words, make sure you get it right!
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