Words from the Heart for Monday July 19th, 2021

Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.

1 Timothy 5:1-2 (NLT)

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Speak Respectfully

According to the manners and etiquette page of thecanadaguide.com website, “Canadians are generally taught to be friendly, polite and respectful to both friends and strangers alike. In general, Canadians are a mostly friendly, unpretentious people who value honesty, sensitivity, empathy and humility in their relationships with friends and strangers, as well as respect for the privacy and individualism of others. While obviously many Canadians fail at honouring these lofty principles, such values nevertheless provide the essence of “good manners” in mainstream Canadian society.”

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There are some cultures where elders are highly regarded and respected. I visited a tribe in Africa recently and watched in awe as the elders met under an acacia tree to discuss important issues regarding a water well. All older men, the rest of the people regarded them highly, and their years of wisdom. Here in Canada we don’t always show that kind of honour and respect to our elders. But as citizens of the kingdom of God, we are called to. 1 Timothy 5:1-2 says, “Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.” The Bible is clear that as followers of Jesus we are to treat others with great respect. This is not just true of our elders, but to everyone. As we read the Gospels, we see Jesus treating everyone with great respect. As His followers we are called to be like Him in this. How can you show others great respect today?

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley