The Way of Love ~ Part Six
Love is not rude, it does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;
Lord, When I sense Your Holy Spirt’s touch, I am so very blessed. I felt it today when I spent time around someone who was rude, and was so glad I let it pass instead of becoming grumpy over it. I thought of 1 Corinthians 13 and knew this was a test to see if I could resist becoming resentful, or even cause a scene over it. Oh, Lord, You made me. You know I want everyone to simply be nice to one another. But I’m learning. I’m learning a lot from You. I’m learning to show love even to the unlovable. Even when just keeping my mouth closed is a sign of love for You.
Oh, there are times I wish I had one of the foam rubber bonker bats where I could smack someone on the head when they are rude. I invented (in my mind only) this washable paint where you’d use a squirt gun to mark cars of drivers who are rude. I don’t actually have road rage, but I just dislike (with a holy passion) rude drivers and rude people.
One day I was letting a dog walk in front of my car and this guy behind me starting honking. I love dogs, and it was all I could do not to get out of my car and tell him off. Fortunately, wisdom prevailed and I just waited for the pup to get across safely. And then the driver saw why I had stopped and was mouthing “sorry, sorry, sorry.” And I was reminded that love is not rude, even when someone else is.
If a checker at a store is mistreated, I have made it my job to be extra nice and thank
him or her for helping me. Why are people so rude, I wonder all the time. I know I’m not the earth’s “polite crusader,” but sometimes it seems I’m needed to step in, you know?
God tells us love is not rude. Are these people rude to everyone, including their family? Or just to strangers? I think it’s time that we all adopt love as our motto, our shield, our banner.
Love is not rude, it does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful.
Let’s make a difference . . . we have a choice!
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