Little 5-year-old Kevin went with his grandmother to help her with her banking. He always received a lollipop at the bank whenever he went banking with his mother, so he expected one at his grandmother’s bank too. However, when he told his grandmother that he wanted a lollipop, she kept telling him that she didn’t have one. Finally the teller heard what he was asking for. She didn’t have a sucker or a lollipop but she did give him a little Christmas bag with some candy in it. In a soft voice he told her “thank you.” His grandmother insisted that he tell the lady “thank you” in a voice loud enough for her to hear it, which he did.
When they were outside the bank, Kevin looked up at his grandmother and said, “Granny, how come do I have to use my good manners all the time?”
I don’t know how the grandmother responded to that important question but it is obvious that Kevin knew that was the expectation. And that is what God expects from us, too! Here are some good manners that we can use all the time:
1. Love without hypocrisy (Ro. 12:9). Nobody likes a hypocrite.
2. Abhor what is evil (Ro. 12:9). Hang out with evil and evil will embrace you.
3. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love (Ro. 12:10). Family cares about family.
4. Bless those who persecute you (Ro. 12:14). Don’t follow their example. Follow Christ’s.
5. Accept those who are weak in the faith and don’t judge them (Ro. 14:1). Maybe they need your love and good example instead of your sermon.
6. Live your life so that you won’t cause someone else to stumble (Ro. 14:13). You are being watched by someone. Will that one want to follow Christ because of you?
7. Do good to other Christians (Gal. 6:10). Whom have you helped lately?
8. Tell the truth (Eph. 4:25). Lies are like snakes, they will bite you sooner or later. Remember, Jesus is the Truth. Satan is the father of lies. Which are you following?
9. Don’t stay angry (Eph. 4:26). Everybody gets offended once in awhile. Get over it!
10. Don’t steal (Eph. 4:28). Work so you can buy what you want. Then share with those in need.
11. Watch what you say (Eph. 4:29). Bad words are not good. They reveal spiritual halitosis. Nobody likes to be close to someone with bad breath.
12. Build others up with good words (Eph. 4:29) You like praise and encouragement. Others need that too.
13. Don’t be bitter (Eph. 4:31). Forgive (Eph. 4:32). Bitterness is like drinking poison and thinking it will hurt the other person. It hurts only you.
14. Be kind and tender-hearted toward others (Eph. 4:32). Life’s pathway is often rough. Kindness cushions the ride.
There is a saying, “God is good — all the time. All the time — God is good.” As God’s children, let us demonstrate our good manners — all the time!