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Does courtesy matter?

Yes, it certainly does. "Courtesy" is the lubricant that eases friction arising from differences among one another. It prevents differences from sparking strife. It is the single ingredient that is accepted without question in every land, every home and in every heart in the world. It is an enchantment that brings out the best in everyone.

To be courteous is to demonstrate in life and lifestyle, the wonderful grace of God.

The Bible says: "Remind them (God's people) to ... speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show courtesy to everyone." (Titus 3:1, 2)

So let's be courteous within our families. As it is exercised among family members, our homes become a haven from the callousness of the world -- a bit of heaven on earth. Do not take each other for granted. Be an example to your children, by teaching and modeling it!

Be courteous in your work place. Smile. Say "hello."

Our lives and our jobs are not about us. Life is about glorifying our Creator in whose image we have been made, sometimes by serving as the very hands and feet of God himself. Be courteous to strangers, the elderly and those who are handicapped. You are "God's example of courtesy" to a rude and selfish world.

Be courteous on the road. "Road Rage" has made headlines as people take out their anger and frustration on others with whom they share the streets and highways.

The Bible says: "Those who are slow to anger calm contentions." (Proverbs 15:18)

Christian courtesy is the result of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, consciously channeled to individuals around us. Being courteous is to be like Christ. With practice and love for our fellow person, Christian courtesy can grace our lives and bless the lives of others.

Have a blessed week!

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Editor's note: The Rev. Dr. Scott Stewart is the pastor of Pea Ridge United Methodist Church and Brightwater Methodist Church. The opinions expressed are those of the writer. He can be contacted at revjstewart@gmail.com or 479-659-9519.

Religion on 08/07/2019

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