- A week of not boasting. No helping others along to see “I am all that and a bag o’ chips”. No sliding in my “righteous works resume” when talking with someone new. No “tooting my horn” after helping someone in need. No interjecting my unrequested “oh so experienced knowledge tips” to a friend’s current problem. Challenge accepted. I have always known “talking yourself up” was not a great trait. I can’t stand it when I see it in other people and yet when I am forced to look at the reality of my own conversations, I struggle with this myself. ( I believe this is one of those take the plank out of your own eye before you can remove the splinter in another person’s eye spiritual principles at play.)
Our #4 1 Corinthians 13 Love attribute this week is: “LOVE DOES NOT BOAST”.
- Webster’s defines the word, “Boast”, for us:
- talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities.
- Friends, here are some like minded words for “boast”, to further expand our mission this week (In other words these are the DO NOT do’s for this week):
brag, crow, swagger, swank, gloat, show off;And to follow up with some words opposite to being boastful (which is what we want to be-in other words DO these this week!):
- humility, depreciation, modesty, quietness, reserve
- To be known. To be famous. To be liked. To be something. Is our longing and desire. And boasting can be our way of proving to all that we have hit the mark. But I have never thought of boasting as a way to NOT show love to people. It is not simply a bad habit. Boasting has self rooted, self focused, self gratifying motives that cloud the heart and mind. And blind us from looking to “someone else’s interests above our own” (phil 2:4). Oh Lord help us to recognize our tendency to make conversations, mind set’s, and actions with the “it’s all about me” undertone. Give us opportunities to practice self control and not say what we could say to put ourselves or our loved one’s to the place of honour (Luke 14:11). May we lay down our pride. And if the Anchorman mentality of, “I’m kind of a big deal, people know me”, surfaces, may the Lord give us strength to let this pride go. And may His loving voice speak affirmation and worthiness (which we have gained through His Son, through our adoption as His sons and daughter’s) to our deepest souls.
Of all the like minded words to “boast”, the words, “brag and self praise”, were highlighted in my spirit. How I have to fight my natural inclinations to brag to other’s about the good work I am doing. How I see my disgust in another who seems to only talk, and talk and talk about themself-and all I am thinking is how I want to be talk, talk, talking about myself! Oh the irony. Lord, help us get beyond self.
Of all the opposites to “boast”, the word “humility” stuck. In my mind. Heart. And deep within my soul. May humility reign in our homes, work, and play this week as we “consider other’s as better than ourselves” (phil 2:3). May our words and actions be pleasing to God as we fight the good fight to “be known and praised” by others.
Quotes/Verses to say NO to envy this week:
- For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
- May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14
- Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. Jane Austen
- When boasting ends, there dignity begins. Owen Young
- Don’t brag. It is not the whistle that moves the train. D. V. Rangarajan
- With a braggart, it’s no sooner done than said. Evan Esar
- Boasting speech is a mark of weakness. Those who do great things are usually silent. status mind.com
- Now I’m not too keen about bragging on myself but you must admit I was the best. Kim S. Jones
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