February 6 – Love Doesn’t Boast!

4:37 – Love Doesn’t Boast

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Setting

I was walking with my youngest and the dog this morning and thinking about how we raise our children. Some raise with guidance, some with rules, some with compassion, and some with strictness. And yes, there are mixes and variations of these.

I was thinking about those who boast of their parenting skills. An example is when they say, “Well my child has never had soda”, or “My child is reading at three grade levels above their grade.” In some cases, this while it’s a fact it seems to be boasting of your parental prowess. A lot of it depend son the context of course. I’m sure you can think of times when you boasted about something to try to one-up someone else. And no, we are talking about sharing a sense of accomplishment. That’s different.

Today’s questions: When you share love are you boasting about what you do for the other? If so, what can you to to change the conversation into sharing and helping rather than boasting?

Scripture
  • 1 Corinthians 13:4 – Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
Reflection

Love is all the things mentioned above and more. This is the love we should arrive for. We should also share our accomplishments and celebrate the accomplishments of others as theyay need the boast.

A prime example, I went to the meat locker and heared, Mr. Roberts-Lieb. Behind the counter was a young man who introduced himself. I wasn’t sure who he was because of his mask and hat. He was a child of a friend of mine from church. We had a great conversation. Very respectful. I took the time to text his parents to say how great I thought they did raising him. It wasn’t a boast but the truth and a boost for them. We all need encouragement in life.

As we close, remember that taking pride in your accomplishments through God is ok. But when we love we should do things for love and not to boast.

Prayer

Father God, thank you for the definition of love and all it’s parts. Help us to remember all of the pieces of love so we can love as you loves us. Let us not boast or keep score and just love one another. We pray this in your name, Amen.

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