Love is not rude.
when I think of rudeness I think of someone who says or does something without regard for the other person. For instance: a person the butts into line.
the free online dictionary says this
rude (rd)adj. rud·er, rud·est1. Relatively undeveloped; primitive: a rude and savage land; a rude agricultural implement.2.a. Being in a crude, rough, unfinished condition: a rude thatched hut.b. Exhibiting a marked lack of skill or precision in work: rude crafts.c. In a natural, raw state: bales of rude cotton.3.a. Lacking the graces and refinement of civilized life; uncouth.b. Lacking education or knowledge; unlearned.c. Ill-mannered; discourteous: rude behavior.4. Vigorous, robust, and sturdy.5. Abruptly and unpleasantly forceful: received a rude shock.
So if Love is not rude, what is it, especially in regard to interpersonal relationships.
Love is refined, not uncivilized. So not like the conan the barbarian thing! Sorry folks that's what comes to mind for me. Love wants MORE from us. We need to think more and act less. To truly check ourselves.
THINK. Now.. are you acting in a way that shows love?
is hitting mommy because you are angry showing mommy that you love her?
Is throwing the kitten because he was bad teaching him that you love him?
Son.. I KNOW that you like it when I read to you in a fun voice.
Because mommy knows this she does her best to do it.
Mommy LIKES making you smile because she loves you.
Love is not discourteous, thinking only of itself. Love considers the needs of others.
he is STILL so very self-centered.
It is indeed a continuing work in progress.
But then again, it's a continuing work of progress in myself.
So knowing that love is kind, love is patient, love is content with what they have, Love simply acts without calling attention to itself, and love is humble, what does it mean to say that love is courteous?
is it just a continuation of the theme that Love does not put itself before others?
the love is indeed following the path of Christ? The way to God himself?
Consider this: Jesus showed ALL this love for us when he died for us.
God showed ALL this love for us when he sent his son to die.
God could have been impatient, angry, selfish and what not. But he chose to remain true to his promise to us.
This tells me that as I learn more and more how to be a more loving person, the more and more I am becoming who God wants me to be. A person who follows after his own heart.
I KNOW I have a long way to go to be what he truly wants me to be. But when I see the list of what love truly is... isn't that a better thing?
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These words keep running through my head..
Love is patient.
Love is kind.
Love does not envy.
Love does not boast.
Love is not arrogant.