What it is NOT…

It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

We live in a world which exhorts us implicitly and explicitly to covet the material possessions of others, the power of money and status, and the favor placed on lives other than our own. The reality of love is it refuses to be jealous when we are not blessed in the same way another is blessed. Love is content in what it is given. Love rejoices in the accomplishments of others.

When we are blessed, when favor is shown to us, boasting is not an option. Love is not a stumbling block for others. Our own achievements are not to be placed in neon lights by us to taunt others as if we are idols to be worshiped and adored. No, love does not invoke envy or create resentment. And while envy is easily hidden behind the green eyes of jealous, our Father in Heaven is very much in tune to this destructive, sinful nature.

Boasting misses the point – the point that glorifies a Savior, Redeemer, King, and Friend – Who deserves all praise. Boasting looks inward, making more of who we are than is real. For without God, we are mere dust blowing in the wind.

As it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:31. 

When we get all caught up in talking about ourselves, we miss the most important element of any conversation – Jesus Christ – and what He is doing in our lives.

When I was a teenager and involved in sports, my dad heard several of my friends and me talking trash to other guys. You know how it is, “We will take you down. That scoreboard will say it all. Read it and Weep.” You have probably done it in your life too. My Dad pulled me aside and reminded me, “Michael, if you have tell people you are great, you obviously aren’t that great. If you were, they wouldn’t have to be told.”

Point taken. Point remembered.

Journal Question:

What are you boastful about? How can you change your attitude and reflect Him instead?

 


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