People Are Rude

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People are rude. They’re not just rude, in fact. I think rudeness is at an all-time high. A beloved friend told me recently she doesn’t remember such a high level of inconsiderateness when she was growing up. Me neither. It seems like every time I turn around, someone is doing something just plain unkind. I truly can’t think of a better excuse for me to retaliate with my own rudeness, to show my own inconsiderateness, and to demonstrate my own unkindness. Sadly, that’s exactly what I’ve done far too much of the time in my lifetime.

I’ve reviled those who have reviled me. I’ve threatened those who made me suffer. And I’ve taken matters into my own hands. Is it any wonder that rudeness is at an all-time high when people like myself have learned along the way to just add to the mayhem? I wish I could say I’m 100% free of contributing my own fair share of unkindness, but the truth is the Holy Spirit reminds me on a regular basis of what I should do, what I should not do, and what I have already done that is wrong.

By God’s grace alone, my track record is getting better. I’m messing up less of the time, I’m repenting far more quickly when I have made a mess, and I’m seeking the Lord increasingly to give me the strength to sow love and forgiveness where for most of my life I have not. People will not stop being rude. The world as a whole is getting worse, not better. I can’t think of a better time for me to get my act together and to walk in God’s love and to act like His child. Loving, forgiving, merciful – regardless of how others act. That’s where freedom lies. In Him. My behavior should not be contingent on the world; it should be contingent on Him. I should not look, nor act, nor sound like the world around me. After all, I wasn’t created in the world’s image. I was created in His.

Are you ready for something radical? Don’t be a mirror to the world. Be a reflection of the Lord. 

“Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:” 1 Peter 2:23 KJV

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