Common courtesy doesn’t seem as common as it once was. Rudeness is everywhere. Respect is hard to find.
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Deciding in Love
What the Roman Christians ate was to be decided by love and sensitivity to others, rather than what they thought was right. If we’re not careful, we can become like the Pharisees of old.
Gentle respect for our fellow believers, and the unity of the church, is much more important. Paul was not saying that Christians should not speak up for what they believe in. Paul’s concern was the spirit in which such disagreements are conducted.
Each one of us is accountable to God for our behaviour and our standards. Respond politely when someone is rude to you. Remembering that love isn’t rude, that love is good manners, when someone is rude to you, respond politely and gently. So take a few moments to ask yourself: What am I doing to make my church more warm and loving?
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