One Life to Live
“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:17
When I was young, my mother and grandmother used to remind me to use my manners with the gentle reminder, “Use your manners, Jimmy!” I’ve seen a drastic loss of simple manners and respect among people in my lifetime. People treat friends and family badly, and they often treat strangers even worse. In the past, while running teen organizations, I’ve been cursed by kids who aren’t even old enough to attend junior high school. What’s worse, I’ve been cursed by their parents as well! Manners and respect are more than just nice things to give others; they are in fact biblical commands. If we lose our manners, we begin to see a slide in the way people in society as a whole treat each other. If that lack of respect grows, people begin to be hard-hearted toward one another. The result is people who feel unloved, and refuse to love anyone else, including Christ. Believe it or not, just using your manners may be one of the best witnesses you have.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27
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