The Ten Commandments on
How to Get Along with Each Other
I. Always say less than what you think. Speak your truth quietly and clearly. How you say something often counts more than what you say.
Proverbs 17:27-29; 10:19; 6:2, Ecclesiastes 3:7; 9:17, James 1:19-20; 3:2, Colossians 4:6, Proverbs 25:11
II. Make your promises sparingly and keep them faithfully, no matter what it costs you.
Ecclesiastes 5:4-5, Matthew 5:37, Psalm 15:4, II Peter 3:9, Judges 11:30-39, Joshua 9:3-27, I Corinthians 6:6-8
III. Never let an opportunity pass to say a kind and encouraging thing to or about someone. Praise good work done, regardless of who did it. If criticism is needed, then do it helpfully – not spitefully.
Proverbs 12:25, Acts 23:11, Ecclesiastes 7:5, Galatians 6:1, Proverbs 25:12
IV. Be interested in others’ pursuits, their welfare, their homes and families. Let everyone you meet, however humble, feel that you regard him as one of importance.
Romans 12:15, Galatians 6:2, Philippians 2:3, James 1:19
V. Keep a cheerful attitude. Hide your pains, worries, and disappointments under a smile.
Proverbs 16:20, John 16:33, Proverbs 17:22
VI. Preserve an open mind on all debatable questions. It is not who is right, but what is right. Discuss but do not argue. One can disagree without being disagreeable.
Acts 17:11, Romans 14:1, II Timothy 2:24-26, I Peter 3:15, Proverbs 15:1, Romans 12:18, Matthew 5:25
VII. Let your virtues speak for themselves and refuse to talk of others’ idiosyncracies. Discourage gossip. Speak well of one another.
Matthew 23:12, II Timothy 3:2, Proverbs 17:9; 25:9-10, Matthew 18:15, Proverbs 26:20, Ephesians 4:29
VIII. Be careful of another’s feelings. Wit, humor, or a sly remark at another’s expense may hurt where it is least expected.
Philippians 2:3-4, Matthew 12:36-37
IX. Pay no attention to ill-natured remarks about you. Simply live so that no one will believe them.
Matthew 5:11-12, II Corinthians 3:2, I Peter 3:13-16
X. Do not be anxious about what is due you. Do your work, be patient, and keep your disposition sweet. Forget self, and you will be rewarded.
Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:5, Galatians 6:9-10, I Corinthians 15:58