March 28, 2019: SOAP #3402:   Judges 4-5; Psalm 39; 1Corinthians 13 Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 13:5 It [love] is not rude… Observation:  As I considered what might be the SOAP scripture for today, my thoughts were drawn to this portion of verse five: 'It [love] is not rude.'   As I considered how to define 'rude,' I […]

March 28, 2019: SOAP #3402:   Judges 4-5; Psalm 39; 1Corinthians 13

Scripture:  1Corinthians (NIV) 13:5 It [love] is not rude…

Observation:  As I considered what might be the SOAP scripturefor today, my thoughts were drawn to this portion of verse five: 'It [love] isnot rude.'   As I considered how to define 'rude,' Ibelieve the Lord whispered into my heart, 'Rudeness is a lack of kindness.'  Then it came to mind that the preceding verse(verse 4) clearly said, 'love is kind.' 

Kindness is thinking, speaking and doing good for others.  It is treating others with respect"like they arevaluable.  It is the opposite of beingrude. 

Application:  In our world today, rudeness is foundeverywhere.  Some people even brag aboutbeing rude, they are taking care of themselves, let the chips fall where theymay.  They do not have time to be kind;they are rude. 

As I walk through today's world, sometimes without even realizing it, I pick upthe attitudes of others.  People in Jesusday walked on dusty roads with sandals. They needed their feet washed.  Agood host would provide that service for his guests.  I may not need my feet washed, but I do needto have my mind washed.  (I often need agood brain washing!  Ha!) There isnothing better than to have my mind washed with the water of God's Word!  (Ephesians 5:26)

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, Use the daily time in the Holy Bibleto wash and renew my mind.  Help me makekindness a well-established trait of my character. Amen

Pastor Leon
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