When defining what love is not, the apostle Paul put rudeness on the list. “Love does not behave rudely” (1 Corinthians 13:5 NIV).

Rudeness snatches parking spaces. Rudeness mocks others. Rudeness interrupts. Christ, on the other hand, was courteous. He was patient, thoughtful, and careful to treat people with respect.

Notice that the first five letters of the word courteous spell court. In old England, to be courteous was to act in the way of the court. The family and servants of the king were expected to follow a higher standard. So are we. Are we not called to represent the King?

From A Love Worth Giving