Manners

“I’m writing Sunday school lessons on manners. Do you have any ideas to add?” Sis. Carla Everhart asked me in a text message, and I quickly replied with some of my pet peeves. She did a great job teaching the children, and I thought it would be a fantastic list for The Remnant, as well, because people of all ages will do well to follow biblical principles of how to treat each other. Let us pray to always consider one another, provoking to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). – Sis. Julie Davis

Knock before entering closed doors. Don’t try to force a locked door open.

Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”

Don’t barge in; wait to be greeted by the host of the home.

Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Use proper respect when addressing adults.

1 Timothy 5:1-2, “Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.”

Don’t talk with your mouth full of food.

Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”

Say “please” & “thank you”.

I Thessalonians 5:18, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Compliment others.

Galatians 6:10, “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Wait your turn.

Romans 12:10, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;”

Be careful with God’s creation, other people’s possessions, and what God has entrusted us with.

Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.”

Pick up after yourself.

Galatians 6:5, “For every man shall bear his own burden.”

Keep a secret and don’t gossip.

Proverbs 20:19, “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.”

Return things you borrowed.

Exodus 22:14, “And if a man borrow ought of his neighbour, and it be hurt, or die, the owner thereof being not with it, he shall surely make it good.”

Consider others and take small servings at large gatherings.

Philippians 2:4, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

Offer to help the host.

Galatians 6:2, “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”

Practice good table manners.

1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

Ask for forgiveness for even the smallest offenses.

Colossians 3:12, “Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;”

Acknowledge others; share a smile and a greeting.

Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

Don’t make excuses.

Luke 14:18, “And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.”

Make small talk; show enthusiasm for other’s interests.

1 Peter 4:9, “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.”

Share your home, talents, possessions and time.

II Corinthians 9:7, “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver”

Don’t be nosy.

1 Thessalonians 4:11, “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;”

Don’t be negative, complaining, or hard to please.

Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

Don’t be loud.

Lamentations 3:26, “It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.”

Take instructions; don’t argue with those in authority.

Proverbs 10:8, “The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.”

Have your daily devotions in a solitary place.

Mark 1:35, “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

Don’t hold long conversations in line at funerals and weddings; don’t monopolize the host.

Ecclesiastes 3:7, “A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;”

Stand when elders address you.

1 Peter 5:5, “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”

Don’t show up empty-handed.

Luke 6:38, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Don’t make your dietary requirements everyone’s dilemma.

Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Have good hygiene; take proper care of yourself.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Keep godly company.

1 Corinthians 15:33, “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

Don’t brag or boast of your accomplishments.

Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Be attentive; stay engaged; focus on the speaker; be a good listener.

Hebrews 2:1, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”

Arrive on time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

Communicate delays and changes to plans.

Hebrews 13:16, “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

Don’t pout or sulk.

Proverbs 22:24-25, “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go:    Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.”

Share your love equally at a social gathering; make your way around the room and greet EVERYONE.

Romans 2:11, “For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Keep your word. Keep God’s Word.

1 John 2:5, “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”