Practice Good Manners:
How you treat people is an indication of your true heart. The most telling attribute of a person that informs the world who you really are is how you speak and behave towards other people.
There are some, today, who imagine that disrespect and taking personal rights are the correct way to live. Imagine if the whole world lived in this manner.
If you are truly My disciples, then treat everyone with respect, honor, kindness, a tender heart; and always be humble.
Let your words be clean and pure as is fitting for a citizen of heaven. Show honor to all people, and place them above yourself in all things. Never speak rudely to an older person but gently, kindly, respectfully. Remember, you also will be old someday soon.
Be gracious in your words while holding yourself and others to a high standard of righteousness. Remember that power comes from holiness, and victory in this life is achieved by being patient and forgiving in all things.
Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. ~Colossians 4:6 (MSG)
Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. ~Philippians 4:5 (TLB)
And as you would like that others would do for you, do also to them. ~Luke 6:31 (RCR)
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. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. ~1 Peter 3:8-9 (NLT)
Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. ~Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)
Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. ~Romans 12:10 (NLT)
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. ~Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)
You shall give due honor and respect to the elderly, in the fear of God. ~Leviticus 19:32 (TLB)
Do not peak evil of anyone, nor quarrel, but be gentle and truly courteous to all. ~Titus 3:1-2 (TLB)
It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person. ~Matthew 15:11 (RCR)
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. ~James 5:7
I live in a world of people who are often harsh, Lord. Help me to be kindhearted, compassionate, caring, and loving in all my words. Remind me to show respect to older persons and be ready to listen, for they have the wealth of wisdom stored up in their years.
Teach me that how I respond to the scoffers, haters, and manipulators of this world can have a profound effect upon them. Make me an example of Your grace and kindness to everyone I meet, especially those who treat me harshly or critically.
I understand that many people act the way they do because of the harshness and abuse they have suffered at the hands of cruel people in their life. Help me to look past the rough and callous words of people and to see the hurt inside that has caused their hearts to become hard and cold.
It’s only Your love, dear Lord, that can soften a hardened heart. It’s Your kindness and care expressed through my words that can open a person to receive You and find eternal life.