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Common Courtesy

by David Jeremiah

From Turning Point

By Dr. David Jeremiah
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.
1 Peter 3:8

During the 2016 American presidential campaign, many voters were shocked by the lack of civility during the electoral process. Disparaging comments flowed freely from many sources. Although this was disappointing to many, during the founding days of the republic, presidential campaigns were even more turbulent. Which begs the question: Whatever happened to common courtesy?

At the heart of courtesy is humility. In fact, the same Greek word can be translated either as “be courteous” or “be humble” (1 Peter 3:8, NKJV, NIV). The Greek word is actually a combination of two words that mean “lowly” and “mind.” To be “lowly in mind” is to be humble—the opposite of being arrogant or prideful. The same word occurs in Philippians 2:3 where Paul says, “But in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” When we hold the door open for another person, or let a person go ahead of us in traffic, we are putting them first. We are being humble; we are being courteous—just like Jesus (Philippians 2:4-5).
Look for ways today to let your humble mind manifest itself in courtesy toward others.
Courtesy is a Christian duty, fully consistent with the exercise of Christian faithfulness.                                                                        Charles Bridges

 




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