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Christian Mannerism! By Ray Ritchie......

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1 Christian Mannerism! By Ray Ritchie...... on Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:20 pm

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CHRISTIAN MANNERISM

Is your approach reproachable is your advance apprehensible, is your contact commendable, and are your assertions accurate?

How we represent ourselves to the world at large and to our brethren is supposed to be based upon the expression of the fruit of the Spirit defined in Galatians chapter 5 and the virtues which are defined in 2nd Peter chapter one; just to name a couple of resource scriptures. When we approach someone making demands while making boasts with assertions which are not readily verifiable it insults and alienates instead of reverences and ingratiates.

There are some people to be fair, that you can never be kind enough or Christ like enough to approach, but for all intents and purposes we should learn the art of Christian and Moral Manners. We have all fallen short in this area from time to time, why? Because there many types of personalities we come into contact with. There are introverts who shy away and are not easily approached, there are extroverts who are very social who enjoy being around others, and then there are controverts who enjoy disputes and debates they live for controversy. Communication is not just about the way we reach out, but also the way we respond.

Brethren let us be mindful of the diversity of personalities which surround us; praying for wisdom when we dialogue with others, especially in the matter of witnessing the gospel. The greatest way to express this Christian life is to live it wholeheartedly before those around us. When we engage a conversation let us have wisdom, discernment, and unction. The Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth and show us things to come and prepare our hearts, minds, and demeanor to meet every person and situation with graceful aspiration and poignant oration.

Peter exhorts us to keep these things in remembrance and practice.

(9) But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
(10) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
(11) For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
(12) Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
(13) Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
2nd Peter 1:9-13 KJV

Brethren, as a man called of God to minister to his saints and to reach out to the lost; I believe this is practical teaching which is very applicable. I pray that you are edified by the words of exhortation and explanation. God has called us to a higher standard of living; because we are supposed to be the express image of Christ for all to see. We are a city set upon hill, we are the lamp on the table, and we are examples of he who lives within us. Let us so shine this light; so those who are in gross darkness may see and find their way to him. Let our lives be so joyful; so those who know no real joy will hunger and thirst for righteousness that can only come through him.
Let the Lord bless the reading of his word; Selah

Shalom, Agape, & Amen!
D.R. Ritchie (Servant)

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