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Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
Saturday, May 7, 2016 by Patti Shene

 

Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says

by

Niki Chillemi

 

I'm certainly no Ms. Manners, but I do believe basic courtesy helps everyone get through life with greater ease. If we look to the Bible, I think we will see the roots of modern etiquette and protocol. Both the Old and New Testaments have no shortage of teachings on proper behavior. Going all the way back to that time, humans have known, as Captain Kangaroo often said, "Please and thank you are the magic words."

 

I love the way the Living Bible puts the "golden rule," as given to us by Jesus (Matthew 7:12 ~ Do for others what you want them to do for you. This is the teaching of the laws of Moses in a nutshell.

 

The world today has grossly neglected manners, much to its loss. Ah, well, you might say, "Etiquette has changed." We don't need to do a lot of stilted things that people used to be forced to do. My answer to that is the rules of etiquette so important to making something of yourself in years gone by were written on paper. Courtesy is written in our hearts.

 

I believe many a relationship has faltered because one or both parties treats associates, acquaintances, and strangers with more respect and courtesy than they do their loved ones. The old adage, 'familiarity breeds contempt,' is true enough. It's also very sad when applied to relationships between couples and within families.

 

Two things we need very much to get back to are common courtesy and common sense. These two are not very common at all anymore and would do us a world of good. Remember Titus 3:2 [English Standard Version] instructs us ~ to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

 

If courtesy and social aplomb are important, you might wonder why I tend to flesh out in my detective novels characters who lack those very skills. The answer is that it's fun. Ronnie, one of the main characters in the Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes trilogy has trouble in this area, yet she gets under the reader's skin in an endearing way. In book three, BLOOD SPEAKS, my work in progress, she tries to get out of a touchy situation:

 

I'd finally found a human being with less social graces than I possessed and felt a bit sorry for him. I gave him my best professional smile… impersonal warmth. "We'll have to see what time will allow."

 

I certainly hope she can get herself out of that one. Well, then again, in book one, HARMFUL INTENT and book two, DEADLY DESIGNS she manages to scrape through somehow.

 

 

Like so many writers, Nike Chillemi started at a very young age. Her first major work was a Crayola, fully illustrated book she penned as a little girl (colored might be more accurate) about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. Her passion is crime fiction. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better.

Nike is the founding board member of the Grace Awards and is its Chair, a reader's choice awards for excellence in Christian fiction. She has been a judge in the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. Her four novel Sanctuary Point series (out of print), set in the mid-1940s has finaled, won an award, and garnered critical acclaim. The first novel in her Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes trilogy, HARMFUL INTENT, won in the Grace Awards 2014 Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense category. She has written book reviews for The Christian Pulse online magazine. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and John 3:16 Marketing Network. 

Visit Nike at her website.


Comments

Nike N. Chillemi From Brooklyn, NY At 5/17/2016 4:42:49 PM

Thx Onisha for stopping by. I agree w/you 100%.

Patti Shene From SE Colorado At 5/12/2016 11:12:48 AM

I absolutely agree, Onisha. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Onisha From At 5/12/2016 10:49:00 AM

Respect, kindness and compassion go a long way toward mending and maintaining relationships.

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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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SITTING IDLE
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It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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PLAY BALL!
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JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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A Matter of Perspective
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Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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What Did You Mean By That?
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Wildlife Video
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My Best Reads of 2013
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The Dumbest Kid in School
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Good-bye to 2013
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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Taking Stock
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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The last Day of the Christmas Season
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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