Here are ten rules by which you can get along with people. These rules are based on Bible principles, and are absolutely dependable. They are guaranteed to do the job of cultivating good friendships in the most efficient manner. Faithfully apply these ten rules to your daily life, and see how much more real cheer and happiness you have to enjoy and pass onto others. Some real Christianity can be found in so doing.
1. Keep skid chains on your tongue; say less than you think. “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” James 1:29
2. Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs you. “Do not lie to one another.” Colossians. 3:9
3. Never let an opportunity pass to say or do a kind thing to another. “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” Luke 6:31
4. If criticism is merited, criticize helpfully, never destructively or spitefully. “But we do all things, beloved for your edification.” II Corinthians 12:19
5. Be interested in others, their pursuits, their welfare, their problems and their burdens. “Rejoice with them that rejoice, weep with them that weep.” Let everyone you meet, however humble, feel your sincere interest in him. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
6. Be cheerful. Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. A soured person is not a good representative of Christ or country. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice…..Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:4-6
7. Don’t complain about your pains, your worries, and disappointments. Be long suffering. “Let your gentleness be known to all men.” Philippians 4:5 “…patient in tribulation…” Romans 12:12
8. Preserve an open mind on all debatable questions. “They searched the scriptures daily whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11
9. Be consistent. No one admires a Christian flirting with the world any more than did the chief priests and elders admire Judas for betraying Jesus into their hands. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, Knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” I Corinthians 15:58
10. Nothing is wrong with the mind of the man who minds his own business. “But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters.” I Peter 4:15. A person usually tries to run another’s business after he has lost his own.