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Wednesday 4th December 2019

True Politeness Defined

There is great need of the cultivation of true refinement in the home. This is a powerful witness in favor of the truth. In whomsoever they may appear, vulgarity of language and of demeanor indicate a vitiated heart. Truth of heavenly origin never degrades the receiver, never makes him coarse or rough. Truth is softening and refining in its influence. When received into the heart, it makes the youth respectful and polite. Christian politeness is received only under the working of the Holy Spirit. It does not consist in affection or artificial polish, in bowing and simpering. This is the class of politeness possessed by those of the world, but they are destitute of true Christian politeness.


True polish, true politeness, is obtained only from a practical knowledge of the gospel of Christ. True politeness, true courtesy, is a kindness shown to all, high or low, rich or poor. {AH 422.4}

The essence of true politeness is consideration for others. The essential, enduring education is that which broadens the sympathies and encourages universal kindliness. That so-called culture which does not make a youth deferential toward his parents, appreciative of their excellences, forbearing toward their defects, and helpful to their necessities; which does not make him considerate and tender, generous and helpful toward the young, the old, and the unfortunate, and courteous toward all is a failure. {AH 423.1}


Christian courtesy is the golden clasp which unites the members of the family in bonds of love, becoming closer and stronger every day.


AH = Adventist Home by Ellen Gould White


Titus 3:2 KJV

2to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.


2 Peter 1:5-8 KJV

5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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