"That was rude!" No doubt, you've thought that to yourself more times than you care to count. Perhaps it was the driver that sped down the shoulder, zipping by cars sitting in traffic. It could have been the person that bumped into you in a busy store and looked at you as if you were the one at fault.
There are probably times when you have been the rude one. A comment comes out of your mouth unfiltered or something small causes you to snap. Maybe someone was rude first and you just gave the attitude right back to them. We've all been there.
What's at the root of rudeness? More often than not, it's selfishness. If you only think of yourself, you don't worry about how your words or actions might impact others. The most important thing is what you want, where you're going, or your point of view.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
When you seek to put others first there is simply no time to be rude. You'll be too busy sharing kindness, gentleness, and love.
Love looks out for the interest of others. Love pays attention to small things that can have a big impact. Showing love to others, even when they are rude, is a great demonstration of grace.
- Today's Prayer -
It is so easy to always think of myself first. Help me to put others first and do nothing out of selfish ambition. Forgive me for the times when I have been rude to others. Please help me to share kindness and grace with all people, especially those that are rude to me.