24th September 2020

‘Manners Maketh the Man’ 

“Show proper respect to everyone. Love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor.”
I Peter 2:17 (NIV)

I recently read an article on modern etiquette which claimed that “Class was OUT, and Crass was IN”! This seemed to indicate that good manners can change with the times: a little bit like the changes in fashion. (I have kept all my bell bottom trousers just in case they make a comeback). But seriously – can good manners ever go out of date? And what does the Bible say on this subject ?

In 1 Peter 2:17 (quoted above) Peter states, “Show proper respect to EVERYONE: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honour the Emperor.” There certainly appears to be no room in this instruction for rudeness and coarse behaviour in the Christian lifestyle.

Good manners are admirable and self evident on so many occasions—in conversation, in our children’s behaviour, and in driving on the roads, to name but a few. Regarding the matter of driving, we even have invented a recent addition to our vocabulary called ‘road rage.’ And an onset of this understandable condition – which seems to be extant throughout the motoring community – can be brought on by being ‘cut up’ by a fellow road user! This might be amusing were it not for the fact that serious injuries and deaths have ensued as a result of road rage. Mannerly behaviour and road rage do not appear compatible. In the expression ‘Common Courtesy’, there seems to be nothing ‘common’ about courtesy. “Please”, “Thank you”, and “ May I help you” are timeless examples of decency and courtesy.

Let Peter have the last word: “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble” (1 Peter 3:8). Rather than being seen as ‘cool.’ why not take my old schoolmaster’s advice—“wash your hands Beggs, and mind your manners”!

Closing Prayer
Heavenly Father, please help us to maintain and display courtesy and consideration to everyone. And especially to those whom You have called into the family of Believers.
Amen

Study by Bob Beggs

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About the Author:
Bob Beggs is an Elder and member of the Pastoral Council at Grace Communion Lisburn, in Northern Ireland.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Lisburn
(www.grace-ni.org)
Ballymacbrennan School House
129A Saintfield Road
LISBURN
BT27 5PG

Meeting time:
Sunday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
Bob Beggs
Phone:  Mobile 07836 613 686
Email: bobbeggs@hotmail.com

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