Saturday - September 17, 2016

Woodlawn Family Bible Study
SATURDAY

BIBLE READING:  Philippians 4:8, 9

MAIN IDEA: “If there is any virtue, any praise, think on and do these things”

DISCUSSION:     
"Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners” 
                                               ― Laurence Sterne

There are good behaviors that are accepted by most people in this world. These behaviors, when observed, promote respect for the person who uses them. We should set an example by having behaviors such as courtesy, politeness, good manners, kindness, respect for parents, etc. 

We each have an internal moral barometer that we use to determine how we feel about ourselves. It is the threshold we use to determine respect for our self.  It is very hard to be a respectful person if you don’t respect yourself. Good morals are critical in our life. Virtues help makeup our personality and help us establish that threshold of acceptable morality.  
Having good morals, although very important, isn’t all it takes. You can have good morals and never do anything. You can have integrity, be trustworthy, reliable, being capable of doing what God wants you to do, but until you have good morals, integrity, and the character trait to step up and do what is right, you are not going to reach your potential for pleasing God. 

APPLICATION: Think on and do these things. Let virtues be the object of your careful attention and study, practice them. Think what they are. Think on the obligation to observe them. Think on the influence which they would have on our society when you practice them. 

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