Love; “It is not rude,” 1 Corinthians 13:5 says.
What an important revelation this is. It would seem a little unnecessary to state on paper, but upon watching and listening to the state of married couples everywhere, it has been determined that instruction is very needed.
Marriage includes many ups and downs, and amidst these highs and lows, couples are still interacting with each other. During these times, men and women will continue to communicate, and must be careful to watch and measure each word, especially during the lows.
Rude is a default setting for many. When covenant has been broken or strained, it can be challenging to restrain the old man, and respond with the new man. Our relationship is defined by love, which is compassionate, and considerate, selfless, and refreshing, not rude and or destructive.
Why then is rude an options? Because covenant requires trust, and trust requires one to have a level vulnerability with the covenant member. It is this vulnerability that makes the pain felt and the frustration experienced more intense, and stirs passion and damages and destroys hope, which extinguishes faith.
This abrupt shift can cause one to swing from the left to the right; leaving one pendulous between love and its opposite pole hate. Swinging between these emotions can cause one to guard their tongues in the morning and loose it at night. God warns us about the power of the tongue, and instructs us about the purpose of our words. A broken heart, left without a filter, can relive and release emotions from the past enough to cause one to bypass forgiveness and place all their chips on vengeance.
Worse, many continue forward in covenant, with the wrong guard over their heart. As opposed to guarding ones heart against offense, one can because to guard against hurt and pain. One hurt in the past can place barriers in place to keep them from being vulnerable again. This prevents not only forgiveness and healing, but wont allow for love to exist and to thrive. One can not rest and find peace in trust, if their heart is protected by being removed from the equation.
We must understand that a heart removed for the equation is broken covenant. In addition, a tongue and actions seasoned with the spice of rude, will lead to further offenses. One can not maintain covenant and can not heal hurts where there is either an abundance, or regular actions.
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