Courtesy matters — try it and see!

No mater what
People say,
You can choose
To respond
In a courteous way.

The failure to be courteous and kind isn’t a minor failure.

Courtesy only costs a little kindness and humility, but it cultivates peace and community. Courtesy handles disagreement with respect, and avoids bullying or calling disagreement hate.

Too much power curtails curtesy and creates an authoritarian attitude. You can try to encourage people or control them, but you can’t do both at once.

Hostility is contagious. So is courtesy. Which are you spreading? Appearance, behavior, beliefs, or life-stage, never make a human life non-human. Show respect to the office every person holds — a human being made in God’s image.

Christianity isn’t a set of values to be forcefully imposed on people. It’s the risen Jesus living His life, in and thru His surrendered followers.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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