I’ll be honest. Before last month’s post, I considered discontinuing this series. We (the admin team and the authors) try to limit the number of devotions because that’s not what you’re here to read. You want to know about romance — whether real or fiction.
Last month, I interrupted the series with a different kind of devotion. Of course, I was probably “preaching to the choir,” but sometimes I need to be reminded that my circumstances do not dictate my actions.
In the comments, many of you expressed your enjoyment of the Love is series, and so it’s back today.
I am combining two, because they are so closely related.
1 Cor. 13:4 – Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud. (NLT)
Boastful – the Greek word means: “to act as a braggart, i.e. a ‘show off’ who needs too much attention”
Proud/arrogant – in the Greek it means “to inflate by blowing; (figuratively) swelled up, like an egotistical person spuing out arrogant (“puffed-up”) thoughts.”
What comes to mind is the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. He wasn’t too proud to do a menial job reserved for servants, but Peter was almost too proud to allow Jesus to serve him in that way.
Usually, I think of people as being proud because they are being boastful, sharing with anyone and everyone who will listen about their good deeds.
I remember when I first met my husband. He exuded confidence, but having never been around anyone like him, I equated it with arrogance. He wasn’t boastful, but he was sure of himself.
But we all know people. Or maybe you are one of them. I think at some point or another, we all have issues with this — bragging about something we’ve done (or didn’t do) or knowing it all about some topic in some conversation with friends or colleagues (even if we don’t).
Except LOVE doesn’t do those things.
We should put others before ourselves. Phil 2:3 says, Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. (AMP)
Romans 12:16 – Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive], but associate with humble people [those with a realistic self-view]. Do not overestimate yourself. (AMP)
So if we’re not to be proud or boastful, how should we be? Well, the opposite of proud and boastful is humble or modest.
The definition of humble, according to Dictionary.com, is: not proud or arrogant. Fitting, yes?
I’d love to say that I’m not proud or boastful, but it wouldn’t be true. I have moments when I puff myself up because I’ve done something seemingly spectacular. But if Jesus, in all of His glory, could humble Himself and become a man to save me, then I can put aside my boasting and pride (which is a joke, anyway, ‘cuz I’m not all that) and be more like Him. And ultimately, that is MY goal.
Who is the humblest person you know? What makes them humble?
- Part 1 – Love is patient
- Part 2 – Love keeps no record of wrongs
- Part 3 – Love is kind
- Part 4 – Love is not rude
- Part 5 – Love is not irritable
- Part 6 – Love is not jealous
- The Attitude of the Heart – Love is the Answer