Manners

“Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”  ~ Romans 12:10

I remember hearing my mother say, “Where are your manners, young man?”

In our home, “please” and “thank you” were not optional… they were a requirement for proper, respectful behavior.  This seemed to remain a constant until the 1960’s and 1970’s arrived.  The social rebellion and disrespect for others seemed to creep into the fabric of American society.  Common courtesies from the prior generation disappeared.

In a sense, this verse in Romans reminds us of our manners.  God wants us to treat each other kindly, with respect, with honor… to sympathize with each other and to keep a humble attitude.

Indeed, we can get frustrated with one another… we will get annoyed at situations… we will get impatient with traffic… we will get frustrated with co-workers, family, friends.  This verse reminds us to watch our attitude… to watch how we respond.

Another scripture in 1 Peter says it in a little different way…

“Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.  Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude.”  ~ 1 Peter 3:8

Lord, help me to be kind, thoughtful, loving, tenderhearted, and humble!  ~ Amen

About John M. Stewart

I am a university administrator, part-time professor, writer, photographer, and a musician. I love live theater, music, hikes in the woods, and walks on the beach. I am a spiritual sojourner. My blog is about this life journey and how my faith impacts and intersects with my life journey. View all posts by John M. Stewart

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