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How To Respect One Another
I Corinthians 13:5
Today, I went to look at I Corinthians 13:5 and I want us to think about how to respect one another. Respecting one another, I Corinthians 13, the love chapter, is all about relationships within your life, relationships within the home, relationships within the church, relationships out in the business world. It is important that we as believers give a testimony in the way we conduct ourselves in our relationships to one another. And that is what I Corinthians 13 is all about. Look at verse 4 it says love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude; it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, no records of wrongs. I want us to focus on that statement about love is not rude. We are living in a time when common courtesy seems to have gone by the board. A lady in Cambridge, Massachusetts was told by the bus driver she couldn't smoke on the bus. Her response was to begin to beat him on the head with her umbrella. In Atlanta, Georgia a man was told he had to wait 2 hours for a table in a restaurant, so he responded by slapping the hostess. An employee of the gas company reading a meter at a home in Houston was shot in the stomach with a pellet gun by the resident of the home. Rudeness is on the rise. People are rude physically and verbally; it seems, as just a common way of life. This has been explored by the Wall Street Journal, by Time Magazine, by USA Today, some of the titles of these articles are, "What ever happened to good service", "The Decline of Civility", "Reviving Common Courtesy", and here is one on why people are rude and how it harms society. The Bible says that love is not rude. And yet today it seems the attitude is mind your own business and if you don't like it you can lump it and just seems to be on the increase.
Now I have put down ten forms of rudeness that I think need to be ...
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