In a world where courtesy and respect often seem to be in short supply, the age-old concept of chivalry can teach us a lot about how to live as Christian men. Just as knights were expected to be brave, courteous, and honorable, we too have the opportunity to embody these virtues in our daily lives.
1. Do You Have a Minute?
Before diving into a conversation, especially over the phone, always ask, “Do you have a minute?” This simple act of courtesy shows respect for the other person’s time. It’s a small but meaningful way to “do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).
2. The Golden Rule in Action
Whether you’re at a restaurant or a retail store, always treat service staff with kindness and respect. Remember, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).
3. Go Retro: The Power of Handwritten Notes
In an age of digital communication, a handwritten note can speak volumes. Take the time to write a note when you want to convey genuine concern or appreciation. Your effort won’t go unnoticed.
4. What Goes Around Comes Around
Life is a two-way street. If you enjoy joking around, be prepared to take a joke as well. This balanced approach to humor and interaction shows maturity and good sportsmanship.
5. Integrity: The Cornerstone of Christian Manhood
Always tell the truth. It’s a foundational Christian principle that never goes out of style. “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body” (Ephesians 4:25).
As Christian men, we have a unique opportunity to set an example for the world around us. By adopting these five chivalrous habits, we can show the love of Christ in practical, everyday ways. So let’s strive to be modern-day knights, living out bravery, courtesy, and honor in all that we do.