According to online, the definition for courteous is having or showing good manners; polite.

I asked my oldest daughter to tell me what her classmates do that she considers bad manners.   She said, “Disrupt the class.”  This led me to think about a list of  disruptive things that people do.  
People disrupt marriages.  People disrupt relationships.  People disrupt ministries.  People disrupt the program of God.   People disrupt lives.  People disrupt conversations.  People disrupt people.

Mark 12:31 gives us the solution for this disruptive problem.   It says that “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

Meaning, that the good that you want for yourself want for others, too. For this wisdom originates from the heavens.  But the wisdom from which carnal behaviors are born is described in James 3:15 as earthly, sensual, and devilish and according to James, produces confusion and every evil work.  

Therefore, if you wouldn’t like someone destroying your marriage, don’t destroy the marriages of others. If you wouldn’t like someone destroying your friendships, don’t destroy the friendships of others.   If you wouldn’t like someone destroying your ministry, don’t destroy the ministries of others.  

If you wouldn’t like someone disrupting God’s plans for you, then don’t disrupt God’s plans for others.  If you wouldn’t like someone destroying your life, then don’t destroy the lives of others.    Finally, if you don’t want people disrupting your conversations, then don’t disrupt the conversations of others, and if you wouldn’t like someone defaming your name, don’t defame the names of others.     

Instead, walk in the wisdom that James 3:17 describes as “First pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”         


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