You don’t have to have a degree in biblical studies to know that love is a dominate theme in the Scriptures. One example will suffice. In Colossians 3:12-14, Paul lists a number of Christian virtues. Then, in verse 14, he says this about love:
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Pretty much he is saying that love is what makes everything else work. 1 Corinthians 13 is the gold standard for learning what Christian love looks like. No, the chapter does not come with a footnote that says these principles are to be applied to parenting. It does not need to. The teaching of the Holy Spirit is clear. Love is to dominate everything we do from play to work to parenting.
These four verses in 1 Corinthians 13 make fifteen statements about love. The first two are positive. They are followed by eight negative statements. Finally, the list concludes with five positive statements. In this post we come to number four of the negative statements:
Love is not rude or as another translation says, love does not dishonor others.
Rude carries the idea of rough, uncaring treatment of others. This idea is similar to Proverbs 18:13 which says that it is folly and shameful to answer before listening. Answering before listening is a form of dishonor. Love conveys honor and respect for others. Thus being rude is dishonorable towards others.
[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]