1908) Don’t Be Rude

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By Rick Warren, in his Daily Hope devotional, July 1, 2018, at:  http://www.pastorrick.org

Luke 6:31  —  (Jesus said), “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

     One of the greatest tests of your character is how you treat people who are trying to serve you.  Whether it’s a waitress, a waiter, a clerk, an employee, a secretary, your children, or your spouse, how you treat those who serve you tells me a great deal about you. 

     In fact, when I’ve been involved in hiring decisions of Saddleback Church staff, I often take people to restaurants to see how they interact with the server.  Someone who is rude and demanding in those situations has a character flaw that I don’t want as part of our team. 

     Jesus tells us, “Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:31 NIV).  That may be the simplest yet most important character test in the Bible.  The social psychologist Eric Hoffer once said, “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”  It takes no intelligence at all to be rude.

     The best place to practice this important character trait of respect is at home.  More marriages are ruined by rudeness than anything else.  When I used to do marriage counseling, I was amazed at how many marriages are buried by one little dig after another.  Often we’re the most disrespectful to the people we care about the most.  I know people who treat their families in ways they would never treat a stranger.

     Courtesy is love in the little things.  It is showing respect for people by being kind even in the smallest areas of our lives.

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“It is a wise thing to be polite; consequently, it is a stupid thing to be rude.  To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility, is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer

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Luke 6:31  —  (Jesus said), “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

I Corinthians 13:4-6  —  Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.  Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.

Proverbs 14:21  —  It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.

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O Lord, your kindness changed us forever.  Your love broke into our lives most unexpectedly.  We give you thanks, and pray that you empower us to be kind.  Amen.

–James Dobson