Sunday, November 9, 2008

Common Courtesies

I miss my Grandpa.  He died four years ago, and I miss his encouragement, his laugh, and his zest for life!

He taught me a lot of things, but one of the most important things was to keep common courtesies alive and well in your closest relationships.   When he met his second wife (awhile after my Grandma passed away), they were both so busy serving others in the Church that it was amazing they had time to discover each other!  

They enjoyed each other immensely.  I loved going over to their house and watching the two of them together.  Each one of them was so courteous and had such good manners towards the other!  

Don't get "sloppy" with bad manners!  In 1 Cor 13, we see that love has good manners.  Make it easy to stay in love with you!

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].”  (1Cor 13:4-8 AMP)

Challenge:  Sharpen up those manners around the house!  Use common and extraordinary manners, especially towards those you love the most and live with around the clock!   

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