Whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
We need to be conscious of how we present ourselves to others so that we may present Christ in a favorable light. We are guided by many passages in the Bible, to interact in a civilized manner. In Romans 14:19 we are directed to “make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Do your manners reflect God to others? So often the only glimpse of God many people ever see is what they see in us. We are ambassadors for Christ. Pastor Ron Ritchie put it this way, “When someone meets you, do they feel like they just met Jesus?”
Unfortunately our society fails to inspire polite behavior. All cultures have “rules” that govern proper behavior. These rules are learned, not innate. “The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” –Fred Astaire
The time tested social guidelines of our society make us welcome and comfortable with others. Who you are shows in how you behave and how you present yourself to others. Without good manners it is possible to be shunned from possible friendships, career opportunities, and worse, to lose someone for Christ. In the words of Mother Teresa, “Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.”