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Civility #8—Civil Praise

I am not ashamed of the gospel because the power of God to save is available to everyone, regardless of ethnic or cultural background. Romans 1:16 Yahweh, place a guard on my mouth! Protect the opening of my lips! Do not let my heart incline to evil speech as a way to participate in sinful … Continue reading

Civility #7—Hopeful Civility

If you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are fortunate. So don’t let it bother you. Rather, set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts, so you will always be ready to answer, with courtesy and respect, anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 1 Peter 3:14–16 Hopeful people can be … Continue reading

Civility #6—Life-Giving Civility

Do you want to really live? Would you love to live a long, happy life? Then make sure you don’t speak evil words or use deceptive speech! Turn away from evil and do what is right! Pursue peace and promote it! Psalm 34:12–14 Isolation inspires insanity—and death! Cut off from positive human interaction, we human … Continue reading

Civility #5—Imitation Civility

When Christ suffered for you, he left you an example to follow: … When he was maligned, he did not respond with a curse; when he suffered, he threatened no retaliation, but placed his future in the hands of God, who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21–23 How did he do it? How did Jesus resist … Continue reading

Civility #4—Civil Righteousness

Where jealousy and underhandedness exist, there is disruption and worthless practices. But wisdom from God is first pure, then peaceable, considerate, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and authentic. His wisdom, planted peacefully by peacemakers, yields righteousness. James 3:16–18 ‘Politician’ has been a four-letter word for a long time. In the classical age … Continue reading

Civility #3—Despicable Me

Why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. …  All of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Romans 14:10–12 The waitress asked Descartes if he’d like another cup of coffee. He said, “I think not.” Then he disappeared. Our self-perception colors … Continue reading

Civility #2—Imitative Civility

Treat your enemies as valuable, and do what is best suited to meet someone’s needs, and lend without despairing that you will have enough. Then your reward will be great and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is usefully kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Luke 6:35 The smallest civic … Continue reading

Civility #1—Irreproachable Communication

I am not responsible for how others communicate their thoughts and opinions as they respond to me. I am responsible, however, for how my communication style contributes to our relational environment. I am responsible for both the content and the character of my speech. I am responsible for the motive and the manner and the … Continue reading

Patience #8—The Praise of Patience

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday. Therefore rest in the Eternal and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:6 O wise and gracious God, every moment of my life comes from you. You have woven the tapestry of my days with infinite care and skill. The colors … Continue reading

Patience #7—Merciful Patience

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost; but precisely because of this I received mercy, in order that in me as the foremost, he might demonstrate his perfect longsuffering, as an example for those who were destined to put their trust in him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:15–16 … Continue reading