Community- Building: Kindness, Respect for others
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.
In our culture manners seem old-fashioned. Television, movies, and conversations are characterized more by confrontational, rude behavior rather than by civil discourse. So we can stand out when we are civil, respectful, and kind and when we turn the other cheek. The Bible tells us that a soft answer turns away wrath. Soft answers come from an attitude of respect for others and a desire to honor them as image bearers of God. The best place to learn and practice manners is at home. Treating family with respect, using manners at the table and on the phone will help this behavior become second nature to our children. And good manners makes God look good and when we make God look good we bring glory to God.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What’s the name of the reality show that Liz and Lucille enter?
A. Where’s My Manners?
Q. What’s the name of the host of the show?
A. Ms. Slithers.
Q. Who competes in this contest?
A. Liz, Lucille, Morrie, and Skink.
Q. Where did the camera crew hide a camera at Morrie’s house?
A. In the toaster.
Q. What is the Golden Rule?
A. Do to others what you would have them do to you.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
What does good manners have to do with being a Christian?
When we use good manners we are showing respect to the people we interact with. We show that we recognize that all people bear the image of God and therefore are worthy of respect, kindness, and patience. God treats us with respect, how can we do less for others? It is one way that we obey the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22: 37-39).