I hope you are enjoying this reblog of the “Ferocious” series. I will be responding to all comments when I return from Holland. Thanks for reading along.:)
Have you ever eaten a dozen uncooked cookie balls? I have! Right now my stomach feels as though it has a bowling ball in it.
I actually considered putting this post off until tomorrow when I won’t be feeling as though moving to the computer will off-set the rotation of the planet… Duty has won out, but only just!
“Love does not boast. It is not proud.” I Cor. 13:4″.
Boasting and pride are like uncooked cookie balls. They feel good going down. Once they are in, though, they start to swell inside your spirit until there is no room left for anything else but selfishness.
Love cannot dwell alongside pride and boasting because love is other centered. Pride and boasting are entirely about aggrandizing self.
Strangely the root of pride and boasting is usually not a huge ego. So many begin down this path because they are looking for something they don’t have, self-worth. Rather than coming to find their identities in Christ men and women across the face of the planet have decided to create their own personas through shameless self-promotion.
The word used for boasting in I Corinthians 13 indicates not only self-promotion but exaggeration. The saddest thing about pride and boasting is that they are not based in reality. Both behaviors always lead the perpetrators to think things that are untrue of themselves. That is why pride can only come before a fall. The one who swallows pride always elevates himself to a higher position than he can maintain.
The remedy for pride and boasting though is love. When we begin in love to think of others more highly than ourselves, pride and boasting vanish as quickly as the bloat before Pepto-bismol or Premarin.
Further when love begins its work inside us the roots of inadequacy that foster pride and boasting are swallowed up in an abiding satisfaction that cannot be undone.
Let us love with passion then!
This series has been so good. Thank you, Pastor J. Can’t wait to see pictures from Holland.
Pride meets a natural death when we think of our Saviour and all He has done for us, firstly in our hopeless state of condemnation and since then as He “matures” us.
To borrow the words of Stuart Townend:
I will not boast in anything;
No gifts, no power, no wisdom.
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Again I must say A-men! Thank you for the quote!
This really helped me, Pastor J. Thank you. I think I knew where boasting and self promoting came from, really, but hearing it again helps me to be more understanding and compassionate. I have several loved ones that do this non stop. Praying for them to accept His love!
I will join you in prayer!