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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The Key To Loving Others The Way Christ Calls Us To

We are going to spend some serious time looking at 1 Corinthians 13 which is home to the infamous love chapter and we're just going to soak in all the wonderfulness that is in that passage. Before we dive into the different aspects of love I first want to share why I believe with all of my heart that it is crucial to understand that we cannot muster up the type of love that we are called to share on our own. We cannot achieve and sustain the type of beautiful love that is displayed for us in 1 Corinthians 13. 

We can, however, receive this perfect love from our Father who is pouring it out on us constantly. We can receive and be filled with His love and from that place of being filled we can overflow and let that love pour out of us and wash over those around us. Most of us believers are not fully aware of just how loved we are. 

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