SCRIPTURE: Doth not behave itself unseemly…1 Corinthians 13:5.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: One characteristic of true love is that love is not rude.
The Scripture makes it clear that our God is Love (1 John 4:8). And since we are created in God’s Image (Genesis 1:28), we are expected and destined to show love. Love should be our nature.
One characteristic of true love is that love is not rude.
1 Corinthians 13:5 says:
Doth not behave itself unseemly,
Love does not behave unseemly. The Living Bible version says:
… never haughty or selfish or rude…
Now, what is the implication of love not being rude?
First, love is not impolite or indecorous.
Love has decorum. It is not impolite. That is, it is polite.
Second, it means love is not unmannerly or undignified.
Love has manners. It has dignity because God is love. There are those who cannot greet anyone. They can just ignore everybody. When you greet them, “Good morning sir”, they respond by saying, “Yes!” That is, they lack manners! Love is not unmannerly or undignified.
Third, it means love does not treat people unfairly.
Love does not treat people unjustly or unfairly.
1 Corinthians 13:5, in the Bible in Basic English, says:
Love’s ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil;
The ways of love are fair.
Fourth, it means, that love is not disrespectful or discourteous.
Love does not lack courtesy. It is not disrespectful or discourteous. It is respectful. It is courteous. It has courtesy.
When you walk in love, that is, the Love of God, you give everybody their respect, even children.
REMEMBER THIS: One characteristic of true love is that love is not rude.
1. Go through today’s message again.
2. Make up your mind to be polite.
PRAYER: Thank You Lord for Your Word to me today. I ask for the grace to show forth Your love always, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE PRACTICE OF LOVE (PART 1).
QUOTE: Bitterness and hatred are the opposites of love and forgiveness, and these are the opposites of the nature of God and of what God stands for. Culled from “AM I BITTER?” by Dr (Mrs) Becky Enenche.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Exodus 16-20.
REFLECTION: The closer with God you walk, the more like Him you become. And God is love. The absence of love is proof of distance from God.
PROPHETIC WORD/DECLARATION: May your walk of love lead to a breaking out and breaking forth of the Nature of God in your life in Jesus’ Name.