rudeness1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “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, it keeps no record of wrongs.” (NIV)
Satan has difficulty luring mature Christians into obvious sins such as murder or adultery. But he has a much easier time luring believers into more subtle sins. These often are sins of the heart, or sins of the tongue. Because these are more subtle, they’re often more dangerous than other ones!  Rudeness is one of these subtle sins.  It often springs from impatience, arrogance, or a lack of consideration for another person.

Let’s take a simple example. Did you ever think that ignoring the sermon being preached on Sunday in church was sin? “I already know what the pastor is talking about, I’ve heard him a million times, and I feel like reading something else right now.” Have you ever found yourself in this position? I honestly can say that I used to do this regularly. But then God pointed out to me that in all things we must obey the universal command, “do to others as you would want to have done to yourself.” In other words, if I want people to respect and listen to what I say, then I can’t go to church and ignore the sermon as if I know more than the preacher! This is rude, arrogant, and shows a lack of love for the man who puts in his time and energy for the benefit of my own soul.

Ignoring people is just one example of rudeness.  As we press into the Lord and attempt to conform every aspect of our lives into His image, we must be delivered from even these subtle hints of rudeness that creep up in us. We must be willing to pause the television to listen to what our children have to say, to call our friends back who are asking for favors, to arrive on time so as not to waste the time of others, to patiently wait for people to finish what they have to say, to yield to pedestrians on the road, and so on.  Let’s strive to live a life of constant consideration for others, and be delivered from the sin of rudeness.

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