Part 4 of the Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series
1 Corinthians 13:4d
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, (NASB)
4Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. (Amplified)
Beginning the discussion:
“Well, I’m president of my firm, of course. And the only way I could get away to be here was to have my partner service my million-dollar-plus clients until I return. I just hope he doesn’t mess things up….” No, I have never heard anybody actually say these exact words, but we’ve probably all heard a braggart make a similar remark at a class reunion.
In this post, we’re finally completing 1 Corinthians 13:4 by adding “love does not brag and is not arrogant.”
Personally, I refrain from bragging. Indeed, I’m quite proud of the level of humility I’ve achieved over the years. Of course I’m being a bit facetious, but I have to purposely guard against sounding boastful about my accomplishments.
Boasting is never attractive. I get so embarrassed when I hear myself sounding haughty, that I immediately try to redeem myself by attempting to say something humble-sounding: “I have the whitest teeth in the family! But, then again my teeth are so big, maybe they just look whiter.”
Seriously, it’s no fun being around someone who’s constantly bragging, is it? It not only displays a lack of love (and respect) for others, but it reveals a lack of self-love, too, when one feels the necessity to prove his worth.
Perhaps we can minimize our temptation to brag by understanding God’s love for us. I want to be so secure in His love that I don’t have to reach for validation from others. Furthermore, I want to love others with that same kind of love, thus helping to remove their need for boasting, also.
Are those your desires, too?
This week let’s meditate, memorize and practice the entire fourth verse of 1 Corinthians:
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant.
Let me know how you’re doing with this very challenging verse.
Discussion Points for 1 Corinthians 13:4b: Love … love does not brag and is not arrogant.
• When are you most likely to brag?
• How do you feel when you blow your own horn?
• What have been the consequences of your arrogance?
• Would knowing how much God loves you just as you are decrease your need to boast?
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