Courtesy – the Prince of Virtues

Courtesy. It’s really important. It will help you along the right path and keep you from going down the wrong one. It gives you an advantage and keeps you from getting into trouble. Got courtesy?

Here are some words of Baha’u’llah on courtesy.

“Say: Let truthfulness and courtesy be your adorning. Suffer not yourselves to be deprived of the robe of forbearance and justice, that the sweet savors of holiness may be wafted from your hearts upon all created things. Say: Beware, O people of Baha, lest ye walk in the ways of them whose words differ from their deeds. Strive that ye may be enabled to manifest to the peoples of the earth the signs of God, and to mirror forth His commandments. Let your acts be a guide unto all mankind, for the professions of most men, be they high or low, differ from their conduct. It is through your deeds that ye can distinguish yourselves from others. Through them the brightness of your light can be shed upon the whole earth. Happy is the man that heedeth My counsel, and keepeth the precepts prescribed by Him Who is the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.” Baha’u’llah, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah

“We, verily, have chosen courtesy, and made it the true mark of such as are nigh unto Him. Courtesy is, in truth, a raiment which fitteth all men, whether young or old. Well is it with him that adorneth his temple therewith, and woe unto him who is deprived of this great bounty.” Baha’u’llah, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

“O people of God! I admonish you to observe courtesy, for above all else it is the prince of virtues. Well is it with him who is illumined with the light of courtesy and is attired with the vesture of uprightness. Whoso is endued with courtesy hath indeed attained a sublime station. It is hoped that this Wronged One and everyone else may be enabled to acquire it, hold fast unto it, observe it, and fix our gaze upon it. This is a binding command which hath streamed forth from the Pen of the Most Great Name.” Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah

“This Youth has never loved nor will ever love to utter any word which is against courtesy. Verily, courtesy is My Garment with which we have adorned the temples of our favorite servants.” Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Scriptures

“It is incumbent upon you to consort with all the nations and people of the world with the utmost love and kindness, and show affection, justice, assistance, consideration and courtesy to all the different communities and sects.” Baha’u’llah, Baha’i Scriptures

Don’t wait. Start practicing courtesy today. And if you already are, then good for you! It’s to your advantage. Let’s keep it up.

Photo: Denver Morgan and Sharon McIntyre, staff members serving at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel, during a visit to Capernaum. c. 1984/85

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