Mind Your Manners
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Philippians 2:4-5 NLT
The number one way to be pleasing to God and approved by man is to be the servant of all.
Our servant assignment from God is to give honour and preference to one another.
Romans 12:10 says “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.”
Regarding others as more important than yourself gives you the mind and manner of Christ.
You and I are to move our focus away from self and outward to others. We are to become others-oriented.
To do this, as mundane as it sounds, we have to train ourselves to, for instance, stop talking about ourselves and instead ask about the other person. We may also have to learn some good manners because love has good manners.
1 Corinthians 13:5 says ” Love is not rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable”.
Anne Ortlund says, “There are two kinds of personalities in this world, and you are one of the two. People can tell which, as soon as you walk into a room: your attitude says either ‘Here I am’ or ‘There you are’.”
Keep your manners in check; To make this happen you must keep your heart in check. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…” Proverbs 23:7
Remember, as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
∞ Are you a “There you are” person, looking around for how you can encourage someone with God’s love? He can make it happen as you let Him grow you into a child after His heart. ∞