Each week when it is time to compose my column, I find myself in prayer about what to write. Sometimes I feel a clear direction from God, other times it is something I have read in the Bible. Still other factors include events that have happened during the week that have caused me to reflect on God, life or human nature. The latter has inspired me to write about courtesy this week.
Common courtesy may seem like an odd topic for a faith and family column. But if we think about it, it is a fruit of the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control” (Ephesians 5:22-23, Holy Bible, New International Version). It is not mentioned implicitly in this list, but its values are.
Our parents hopefully taught us courtesy toward others. And I believe many parents train their children up with this value as well. But there are times when we run into situations where we may be struck with how rude someone treated us.