(Dissociate From Rude Behaviour Altogether)
TO THE BIBLE: Colossians 4:6 AMPC
“Let your speech at all times be gracious (pleasant and winsome), seasoned [as it were] with salt, [so that you may never be at a loss] to know how you ought to answer anyone [who puts a question to you].”
Olivia was undoubtedly known in her entire school for exemplary politeness and an easy-going lifestyle which was worth emulating. She became a reference point by her teachers who usually allude to her respectful nature anytime they corrected a naughty or rude student. Her parents were very affluent, but she never let it get to her head. She was polite in communication to both junior and senior students and eventually earned the title “Miss Civil” on her school’s convocation day. Remarkable, isn’t it?
Many are yet to understand the importance of the words “please”, “excuse me” and “thank you” in their communication with others. They are of the erroneous belief that being polite is a sign of weakness in one’s character, but that’s not true. Rather, being polite reveals the strength of character. In James 3:13-14, the Bible says, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth.” In essence, when you use the right words to address others, you’re actually displaying the wisdom of God that’s in you. But bitterness in the heart of man will produce harsh words and abusive communication.
So, in relating with those around you, don’t use bitter, harsh or abusive words. Let your words reflect the presence of the Spirit of God who lives in you. Colossians 4:6 says, “Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down or cut them out” (MSG). Let your words uplift, encourage, inspire, soothe and build. See others with the eyes of God and address them that way. Be humble in your communication (James 4:6). Don’t use hurtful words to address people and don’t raise your voice against them. Be courteous, respectful, and civil in your relationship with others.
Proverbs 15:1; Titus 3:2
Dear Lord, I thank you for teaching me the importance of gracious communication that brings out the best in others! I reveal the excellence of the Spirit of God in my character today and always by choosing to be polite to those around me, eschewing hurtful and uncivil language, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
2 Timothy 3:1-17, Jeremiah 23-25
James 1:1-27, Ezekiel 27
Consciously learn some polite words today and use them in your daily life.
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