Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Love Is Not Rude

Part 5 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:5a
(Love) does not act unbecomingly (NASB)

It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.  (Amplified)

Beginning the discussion:

 “... I truly despise you. …You're a hater and you're just unattractive inside...”

It’s likely you saw the video clip played on the news and internet, showing a U.S. Open women’s tennis finalist ranting against the umpire because the umpire awarded her opponent a point for violating the “hindrance rule.” The competitor screamed during the point and distracted her opponent, which led to the penalty.  The actual tirade lasted quite a bit longer than the quote above, to the point where I felt embarrassment for her. Maybe because I couldn’t help but remember the times I ranted and behaved unbecomingly myself.

As we return to our 1 Corinthians 13 segment-by-challenging-segment series, we focus on the first concept in verse five: love does not act unbecomingly (unmannerly) and is not rude.

In its entirety, verse five reads (speaking about love):
Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

And in the Amplified:
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

We will be breaking verse five into three segments: this week we’ll concentrate on not behaving rudely. The next week, we’ll work on not seeking our own way or rights. And the third week will center on not reacting to unfair treatment. Wow! Read verse five in the Amplified again. This is a powerfully challenging verse for me. What about you?

Are you benefiting by breaking these verses into segments? Because remember, the goal is not to only memorize these verses, but to actually be changed by our application of them. Let me and the other readers know how these verses are changing you by clicking on the comment link below.
Also, how has your life – or least a situation you were in – been changed by a Bible verse?

Discussion Points for 1 Corinthians 13:5a: (Love) does not act unbecomingly.

• Who can you be accountable to who will help you act more becomingly?
• If you heard a tape recording of your words in a typical day, how embarrassing would it be? How many people would you have to make amends to?

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