Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Love is Not Rude

Have you ever seen ABC's Full House?  It was a half-hour sitcom in the 1990's.  There was this one young character, Stephanie Tanner, who had a two-word phrase that she used often when referring to other people.
Just briefly watch and listen...


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I have been thinking, observing, and experiencing the rudeness of other people in my path as well as in my life lately.  Maybe, I should begin saying to them, "How Rude!"  Do you think they would get the point?  Perhaps.  Probably not though.
Anyway, I remember a specific part in scripture where it mentions that kind of inappropriate and unrighteous behavior.
Let's pick up with this scripture reference now.
"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NKJV)
Did you specifically notice verse 5 of that part of scripture?  "does not behave rudely..." (v5)  
Love does not behave rudely.  It is not rude.
There are many people in this world who are downright rude and inconsiderate of other people.  They only think of themselves.  They are just selfish and self-centered people.  They are not loving people.
However, God tells us in His word---The Holy Bible---the way we should think of others.  He talks about the appropriate and righteous behavior of His legitimate children.  
"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others."  (Philippians 2:4, NKJV)
We are not supposed to look and act like the rest of the world.  We are to think of others which means not being selfish, self-centered, nor ultimately rude or inconsiderate of other people.  
When people begin getting their minds off of themselves and onto other people, then it will be a much better world.  It also helps out the individuals.  
Jesus is the ultimate example for all of us.  He thought of others.  He considered people.  He helped them.  He didn't hurt them by being rude, selfish, self-centered, nor inconsiderate of them.  He loved them.  He spoke the truth to people.  (See John 8:2-11)
How can we be more like Jesus?  How can we help other people?  What is one task we can do for someone else?  



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