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Daily Devotional – July 17

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I Corinthians 13: 4,5 Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly,

The Greek expression here literally suggests the notion of being “without form.” It encompasses all sorts of evil activity, bad manners, and rudeness. Love doesn’t deliberately seek to be offensive. Have you known anyone who took pride in his ability to bludgeon others? The Christian’s vocabulary should be characterized by such expressions as, “No, you first,” “please,” “thank you,” “how may I help you?” etc. Love operates with determined and sincere politeness.

Behave!

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July 17, 2006 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

9 Comments »

  1. Good Morning Jack,
    I think you are right about love operating politely. But the key word here is “sincere.” That’s a difficult one, because politeness can mask insincerity and become nothing more than political correctness. As MLK said, (praphrased) we can’t legistate morality, but we can make it illegal to harm people. And we can and must send that brat pictured above a straightforward message as to what won’t be tolerated! We can’t make people love each other, but we must set limits as to what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. I thnk we lead by example.

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 17, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hi Helen!

    We often have to assist children in learning to modify their behavior until they have the maturity and self-control (hmm…could these be elements of true love also? Stay tuned!:) by placing restrictions on them enforceable by behavior modifiers. If the world would grow in grace and in the love of the Lord, it would render restriction and retribution obsolete.

    Galatians 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

    One thing that I have noticed on the web is decrease in civility–such bad behavior is a sign of the lack of love in one’s life.

    Comment by bereans | July 17, 2006 | Reply

  3. Does anyone think that coaches and drill sergeants get a bad rap for doing thier job?

    Comment by Brian Reason | July 17, 2006 | Reply

  4. I don’t think they’ve criticised enough. Screaming and calling men “dip-shits” is uncalled for. If a person can’t lead without doing that, he (and most of these are men, though a few women have taken up the practice) is not a leader. If a peron has to scare adults into submission, he/she is not teaching anything of value. But then again, what do I know? I don’t thnk we need armed forces to make friends. I don’t think soldiers ought to lose their jobs (and with a volunteer army some of the people who joined made the best choice available to them); they should be given transfers (if they want them) to the Peace Corps. Servicemen should be taught to thnk, not to blindly follow, sometimes to their deaths. Don’t be too hard on me, Brian, I’m just a woman. 🙂 And the men are doing such a good job leading. 😦 Look at the world.

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 17, 2006 | Reply

  5. Hmm…I thought that the hand that rocks the cradle…

    ha!

    -j

    Comment by bereans | July 17, 2006 | Reply

  6. A world without war, intresting concept.
    Love to see it.

    Comment by Brian Reason | July 17, 2006 | Reply

  7. When I first saw the photo, I thought it was funny, but the more I thought about it, the more I began to feel that it represents an attitude that is on the increase. Only by love being demonstrated in the home first and then in the church, can we hope to see a decrease in such rude behaviors.

    Comment by Carol | July 18, 2006 | Reply

  8. Those men Helen, are the ones who are going to save the freedom we have to do what we are doing right now. Having a free and open discussion. Fact is even the troops don’t want war but thank God they are there when we need em. We live in a world today where unfortunatly we need a big military. Look at Israel who has given and given and given. Appeasement never works. Ask Poland.

    One day we will all live in a perfect place.

    Thank God for that.

    Larry

    Comment by Larry | July 18, 2006 | Reply

  9. I couldn’t disagree more with Larry’s comment. The armed forces have nothing to do with freedom. We keep our rights (freedom of speech, press, etc.) by using them. And according to MLK, any day that mankind (people) lay their weapons down and decide to live together in peace is “the day of the Lord.” We do not have to wait to get to heaven to live in peace. God has given us that option here on earth. We have been given the Spirit of God and all the necessary spiritual weapons. Waiting for heaven’s perfection provides a convenient excuse to keep on with what we are doing – sending more troops, fighting more wars. Violence begets violence, hate more hate, war more war. The “peace” (and freedom) earned by troops is short lived. God’s peace can live forever. people make these choices. We need to make better ones. (And no, I don’t hate the soldiers. I just want the president to send big boats to bring them home.) We need a big army. They can’t have WMDs. Makes no sense. Lay your weapons (and your burden) down.

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 18, 2006 | Reply


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