Teaching our kids to have manners is an ongoing process but we have one Bible verse that we think is foundation in promoting this behavior.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
English Standard Version (ESV)4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[a]
Focus on Love! Is it loving to grunt over dinner when someone worked hard to prepare it? Is it loving to never ask about other peoples lives when they are asking about yours? Is it loving to not clear your plate and help with the dishes after dinner? Is it loving to always to be texting someone else when you are someplace with other people?
Jesus always encourages us to focus on love. So if kids and adults in a family ask themselves if they are being loving in their behavior, that alone would make them think in terms of having better manners with each other. The need for manners in culture came from men learning how to live peaceably with one another. But the root of manners is from God. Gods desire is that we respect each other because he loves everyone. Manners show respect.
Therefore… let us all focus in our families on having love for each other and good manners will be the result. Remember teaching our kids comes many times from modeling the behavior ourselves.
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