Love Is Not Rude

Be gentle and polite to all people.
                           —Titus 3:2

“Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength.” —Eric Hoffer

“To make enemies by unnecessary and willful incivility is just as insane a proceeding as to set your house on fire.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

“No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.” —Bryant McGill

“Rudeness happens when there is a leak in your self-control.” —Richelle Goodrich

“Rude Christian” is an oxymoron. Love defines the Christian—and love is not rude. In all relationships—from spouse to stranger—love is respectful. It never does anything insulting or hurtful. On the contrary, it always promotes civility and goodwill.

“[The tongue] can turn our whole lives into a blazing flame of destruction and disaster” (Jas 3:6).

Being rude to people doesn’t reveal who they are; it reveals who you are.

Differences are unavoidable
and understandable. Rudeness is not.

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