Love Avoids Boasting
Love does not boast.” 1 Corinthians 13:4
Lovely people boast about the greatness, the goodness and the glory of God. Yes, love looks up to the Lord in gratitude and does not look down on others. There is no bragging about self, only exalting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Love looks for ways to lift up those struck down by suffering or lost in sin without drawing attention to its heroics. People who love understand that wisdom, success and wealth come from God. Bragging has no place in the presence of love.
Love does not force its agenda but rather works to collaborate and seek what’s best for all parties. For example in marriage, don’t demand your own way, rather in love take time to value each another’s ideas and desires. If organization is important to your spouse, perhaps you schedule a day once a quarter to clear out the clutter in an area of your house. Furthermore, money management may be a fear of your mate’s, if so schedule time weekly to plan your finances.
This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches. Jeremiah 9:23
Love does not have to feel superior to be valued. On the contrary your modest assessment of yourself is what leads to mutual respect that validates love. Keep your ego in check by recalling how far God has brought you, not forgetting how far you have to go. You are not God’s gift to the world–that role is reserved for Jesus. Love does not have to brag, because it is secure in Christ’s love. Your part is to lay low, loving others, and God’s part is to promote you in His time.
Beware of becoming a legend in your own mind, only the Lord deserves a legendary legacy. The more you grow in your capacity to love, the lower you go in needing to feel important. The ability to love is reward enough without having to be recognized. Your love will unify those you serve, because you are not worried about getting credit for the cool outcomes. Boast only about God’s faithfulness to answer prayer and extend His grace and favor. Great gain is to love in Jesus’ name.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3