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The wise heart will know the proper time and procedure for everything (Eccl 8:5,6). The good foundation on which to claim this is "To trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths...for it is not in man to direct his steps" (Prov 3:5,6; Jer 10:23). God’s words certainly come true at the correct, appointed time, just as sowing seed produces a harvest after a predetermined time (Hab 2:3; Gal 6:9).  Pray you will have wisdom to understand what is happening in society, together with the right timing and correct methods to accomplish what He wants you to do, by “understanding what the will of the Lord is” (1 Chron 12:32; Eph 5:17).

“Let all things be done decently and in proper order” (1 Cor 14:40). Life and society proceed better if there is a strategy or logical plan rather than a haphazard approach with everyone doing what seems best to them (Jdg 17:6). Good leadership should provide suitable guidelines, principles and secure boundaries within which people can creatively function with integrity.

As Christians we should show proper respect and honour for everyone, conducting ourselves in a wholesome way, appropriate for the occasion and standard of the faith we profess (Phil 1:27). For those in positions of leadership in the church there should be proper authority within their own family situation (Rom 13:13; 1 Tim 3:11,12; 1 Pet 2:17).

It is essential to respect the Lord’s Table (communion), by examining our own hearts before partaking of the emblems. These represent the Lord’s body given to purchase our salvation and we risk judgement if we don’t recognise their significance (1 Cor 11:27,28).

True and proper worship involves giving ourselves to God – Romans 12:1

See also: behaviour, integrity, legal, plans and purposes, protocol.