Manners Matter

Craig Walker
October 8, 2017
 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2

Modern  – advocating or practicing a departure from traditional values.

Our world is in grave trouble because we are departing from the Golden Rule as the foundation of our society.

“Do for others what you want them to do for you: this is the meaning of the Law of Moses and of the teachings of the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 GNB

Certainly all of us can feel this departure from the Golden Rule.

“And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35

“Manners matter.”

Good manners are a reflection of the Golden Rule.

The Golden Rule resonates with the neuroscience of oxytocin.

Rudeness was reported as the chief cause of stress in a recent poll in France.

Rudeness also shows that others don't trust us.

Stressed out people do not naturally exhibit good manners.

If someone is rude toward you, you don't have to lash out at him or her.

We must change the world, one interaction at a time, and it starts with good manners!

Good manners can improve the following three areas of your life:

1.  How you treat people makes an impression, for good or for bad.

“the cruel person brings disgrace on himself.” Proverbs 11:17

2. Your social life.

“Clothe yourselves with love, for it is a perfect bond of union.” Colossians 3:14

3. The way people treat you.

“With the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you.” Matthew 7:12

Three ways to improve:

1. Take a ‘manners inventory.’

“In showing honor to one another, take the lead.” Romans 12:10

2. Set goals.

3. Monitor your progress.

“Just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them.” Luke 6:31

Honor Jesus, He paid the debt for your sin.