the "Let's Talk About" series
Let's talk about BEING RUDE.
The Bible says: "Be kind to one another." (Ephesians 4:32)
When you treat other people as though they are not as important as you are, you are BEING RUDE.
You are being rude when you insist on being first.
When you insist on always having the best for yourself, you are being rude.
You are being rude when you insist on having the most for yourself.
When you insist on always being the center of attention by having everyone notice you and no one else, you are being rude.
You are being rude when you insist on always having your own way.
People who are being rude are being selfish and unkind.
No one likes to be around a person who is rude.
If you do not want to be rude, do not insist on being first.
Do not get in front of people or try to push them out of the way so that you can be first.
Patiently wait for your turn.
Do not insist on always having the best for yourself if you do not want to be rude.
If you do not want to be rude, do not insist on having the most for yourself.
Do not insist on always being the center of attention if you do not want to be rude. It is OK to have people pay attention to you. But everyone should not have to pay attention to you and no one else all of the time.
If you do not want to be rude, do not insist on always having your own way. Things should not always have to happen the way you want them to happen.
If you do not want to be rude—
do not say or do anything that would hurt another person;
do not do anything that would damage or destroy another person's things;
listen when people are talking and do not speak until they are finished talking;
be as quiet as you can around people who are sleeping, resting, talking with others, thinking, watching TV, or listening to something.
It is important that you treat other people the way you want to be treated.
If you do not want people to be rude to you, you must not be rude to them.
A Bible character who was RUDE.
Many years ago Israel's most famous king was a man named David. After he had been king for a long time, his son Absalom led a rebellion against him.
King David was forced to flee from his palace and the city of Jerusalem. As he was escaping, a man named Shimei started throwing stones and shouting insults at David from a nearby hill.
Shimei was very rude to the King and said many hurtful things. David's men wanted to kill Shimei but the King told them to leave Shimei alone. David knew that God would take care of him. He also knew that God would repay Shimei for his terrible rudeness in His own time.
(See 2 Samuel 16)