Love is Not Rude - How To Be Kind When It's Hard

I am sure anyone who has bought anything from anywhere in person has had at least one poor customer service experience. Rude people are no fun. It is always startling when someone treats me rudely. Today we are going to talk about how love is never rude.

Sometimes rude people are arrogant, you can check out last week's post to read more about arrogant people. Today though I want to look at and speak to the person who is just not good with people. You’ve been called rude…and a whole lot worse I am sure. I know because this is a pitfall of my own. 

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Love Is Not Arrogant | Overflow: A Study on 1 Corinthians 13

A common thing I hear single women say is that they want a man that is confident but not arrogant. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance but once that line is crossed you are faced with a super unattractive person. Arrogance is the worst and we naturally are turned away by it because of the nature of arrogance. 

Arrogance is the person with their nose in the air. Think Pretty Woman when she goes shopping at that fancy boutique and the haughty clerks take one look at her and decide that she isn’t good enough for their shop or their time. Arrogance inflates a person's view of themselves. That’s why the Bible says that love is not arrogant or puffed up. 

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Love Does Not Envy or Boast & Here's Why That Matters | Overflow Study

Love lifts others up. Love makes a big deal out of the people around it. Love is not focused on itself but instead, it focuses on the strengths and accomplishments of others. Love calls the extraordinary and inspires the good out of the people around it. Jesus celebrates your victories. God has got so much good in store for you. He is on your side. He is for you. He is not withholding good from you.

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Love is Patient & Kind: So Why Aren't We? | Overflow Bible Study

We believe the key to loving others well and living loved is to live with a constant awareness and receiving of God love which He is lavishing on us at all times. So that is why we are looking at love. Not just so you can go love other but so that you can rest confidently in the Truth that you are love unconditionally.

The passage we will be looking at is the great love chapter! 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV

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I Didn't Do What I Was Supposed To Do...So Now What Do I Do? | Dealing with Guilt and Condemnation

Man. Who isn’t all too familiar with this feeling? “I didn’t do what I know I was supposed to do and now I don’t know what to do.” That is the worst. For me, this plays out in social situations. I know I should go say hello to someone or that I should strike up a conversation with this person or that person and I spam out and let anxiety and fear keep me from doing it and then I guilt and shame myself for not doing it so next time an opportunity pops up I am buried beneath my own idea of how much I suck so I fail again. 

Goodness, there are so many ways this scenario could work itself out. Maybe you were supposed to do something that you didn’t want to do so you just didn’t. Maybe you felt lead to accept a job or make a big move or share the gospel with someone and you ignored it. 

Today I want to focus on what you do after you failed to do what you should have done.

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How To Grow In God - The Meaning of the Parable of the Sower

Often it seems people are stumped on how to grow and deepen their relationship with God. This is something I tend to struggle with but the truth is that Jesus made it super easy and super clear how to grow and thrive in our relationship with Him and our walk in this life. He even used plants as His example.

Today I wanted to share with you an explanation of the parable of the sower. You can find this parable in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20 & Luke 8:4-15. I personally think you should go read all of them. I spent years not understanding the meaning of the parable of the sower and just passing over it as I read. My husband got super excited about this story about a year ago and that inspired me to dive in and study it. In this parable Jesus tells a story about a sower who goes out to sow seed. The seed he scatters falls on four different types of soil and each type of soil gets a different result. After the parable Jesus explains what everything means.

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How To Love More

I don’t know about you guys, but I am pretty good at loving the people that I want to love. I am good at loving the people that matter to me. At least I like to think that I am good at it. If I am being completely honest, my love can be conditional at times. It is hard for me to love you after you’ve hurt me. It’s hard for me to love you when I feel like I can’t trust you. And that’s just with people that are important with me. 

People are difficult and they’re messy. Yet we are commanded in scripture to love them. As the church it is our job to reach out and love the unlovely but how can we do this? How can we be more loving to those that matter and those that are difficult? 

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