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Devotional – Manners
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Core 6: Manners

Devotional – Manners


  • We learned today the importance of using manners, now let’s see what God says about manners.
  • Read, or someone read the Teaching verse. FYI: The memory verse is further down

Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.


Big picture Don’t be mean because someone is mean to you. Behave toward others like you would want to be treated regardless of how they treat you.

  • Q: What’s the hardest thing you have ever done?
  • Q: Why was it so hard to do?
  • Many hard things are physically challenging, but good behavior like using manners is hard in a different way.
  • Q: Why is using our manners or being courteous toward others hard to do sometimes?
  • Using manners is hard because we want our way, and we are all basically selfish. It is against human nature to put others’ needs ahead of our own. But God asks us to do that, think of others first.
  • What is even more difficult is behaving with kindness toward people who are mean to you.
  • But Jesus asks us to do just that, to not return evil for evil, but to be kind even when someone is mean.
  • Q: Have you ever been nice to someone who treated you badly? If so, tell us about it.
  • Read Matt 5:43-44. Jesus says love your enemies and pray for them. Wow! That is real love.
  • Others are influenced by what you do. People are watching what you do good or bad. So, when you do something extraordinarily good like loving mean people, it gets noticed.
  • That is what Jesus means by Christians being “Salt and Light” to the world around us.
  • Christians are “salty” by making the world better, and Christians are lights by showing others the right way to live how Jesus said we should live, the path of goodness and love.
  • Having good manners is respecting and honoring others. And we should use our words to do that too.
  • We should encourage others and not make fun of others. What we say is a big part of good manners, like “Yes sir” and “Yes ma’am”, “please”, and “thank you.”
  • So, remember, our actions (how we love others and put others first) and our words are a choice we make. Every day. We need to make the wise choice to show others what being a Christian means.

Memory Verse #1

Ask if anybody knows it yet and can say it? Read it together 2X Consider having a memory verse pamphlet for kids take home.

Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?

Topical Questions

  1. Do you see how using manners and how loving others is so closely related to each other?

  2. In the memory verse, what is Saint Peter talking about God being slow and patient?
    judgement day

  3. Why is it good for Jesus’ return on Judgement Day not come too soon?
    He is giving everyone a chance

  4. If God is patient and kind to everyone, shouldn’t we do the same by using good manners?

Closing Prayer

Father God, we thank You for loving all mankind by being patient with everyone in the world not wishing anyone to go to hell forever. Help us to remember Your love as we show good manners to others. Using our manners is the least we can do to say thank You back to You. Give us the wisdom and strength to love others using our words and actions. In your name, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

Devotional LS06H Version Date: 1/18/2022

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