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Summary: The way to overcome rudeness is to begin to show 'respect' to all people.

Love Is Not Rude

#LoveIs

IN – Just a couple of days Jesus is going to be arrested, beaten and crucified.

BUT TODAY – He is in the temple area teaching the people, and answering questions that the religious leaders kept throwing at Him trying to trip Him up.

BTW – those narrow minded religious men never even came close to standing up against the wisdom of God.

Matthew records these words in his 22nd chapter…

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." - Matthew 22:34-40

ALL – the Law and Prophets hang on what? Love!

THE – greatest commandment is what? Love!

Love God and Love people.

UNDERSTAND – nothing is more important than LOVE! Nothing! AND – God the Son could not have made that point any clearer then He did that morning in the Temple a few days before His blood would spill onto the ground and stain a rugged cross.

MGCC LOVE – is more important than; what you say, what you know, what you give or what you accomplish…

LOVE – is the greatest commandment.

IN FACT – the only thing that counts is faith expressing it self through love.

AND SO – here’s the deal…

IF YOU miss this one – you miss the entire point of your existence and so you might as well stay home…

LOVE – is that important.

AND THAT IS WHY - we are spending 10 weeks talking about God’s kind of love (unconditional, sacrificial, unfailing, giving, generous and enduring forever)

AND IT’S WHY – I have strived to make this message series very practical for us to live out.

LIKE – each week as we have talked about these powerful facets of love… love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, love is not proud…

I HAVE – outlined practical steps that you (and I) can take to grow in God’s kind of love, the only love that is worth giving.

NOW THIS MORNING… we are going to look at 4 more words that Paul painted onto the canvas of 1 Corinthians 13

FOUR WORDS - that will help us live out God’s kind of love…

“Love Is Not Rude…”

Why you have to be so RUDE VIDEO Clip

Rude – ‘aschemoneo’

Schema – ‘a form or a plan’

(without form, to behave in an unseemly, unsuitable, improper or unbecoming way)

(‘ah’sk hey mo neo)

NOW – here is how various Bible versions translate this word

love does not dishonor others (NIV)

love does not act unbecomingly (NASB)

love doth not behave itself unseemly (KJV)

love does not act improperly (HCSB)

love is not rude (NCV)

AND SO - from these renderings of the Greek word, we can begin to get a picture of what Paul was trying to say.

• Love doesn’t act improperly, or dishonorably, or indecently.

• Love doesn’t behave in an ugly or unbecoming manner.

• Love doesn’t needlessly offend, or act bluntly or crudely.

• Love does not behave gracelessly.

• Love is not rude

QUESTION…

Has anyone here ever been treated rudely?

If so, how does it make you feel?

LIKE - do you enjoy being treated rudely (by people’s words and actions)? Does it make you feel valued and loved and shower you with positive vibs)?

Would you like to be treated rudely more often by people.

Have you ever been rude to someone?

Okay so you know what you are doing to people when you behave that way.

MGCC – love is not rude!

AND THAT – is the facet of God’s kind of love we will look at this morning by unpacking 2 statements…

• Why we should treat everyone with respect (which is the opposite of treating people rudely)

• How to be a more respectful person

Prayer…

A lady in Cambridge, Massachusetts was told by the bus driver that she couldn't smoke on the bus, so she beat him repeatedly with her umbrella...

A man in an Atlanta restaurant was told that a wait for a table would be two hours so he slugged the hostess...

A gas meter reader in Houston went to check a gas meter and was shot in the stomach with a pellet gun by the homeowner.

Two shoppers in a Westport, Conn, supermarket got into a fistfight over who should be first in a newly opened checkout lane.

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