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You never know when the need will arise for good manners. That's why mannerly conduct ought to be second nature--especially for believers! In this everyday way, Christ uses us as an influence for Him rather than being the ones influenced merely. We are chosen vessels for His graciousness whether serving in government or at home. He lives in us and His character qualities are at the same time refined and natural, reverent and comfortable, polished and pleasant. As Bernadine Cantrell says, for the Christian instinctive, pleasant, good behavior does not have to be like a veneer, covering a piece of wood; rather, it can be like a lustrous polish bringing out the real value of the silver.