Thursday, February 14, 2013


Love does not boast. 1 Corinthians 13:4

Dear friends, lovely people boast about the greatness, the goodness and the glory of God. Yes, love looks up to the Lord in gratitude and does not look down on others. There is no bragging about self, only exalting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and all the great things His love has done and provided in our lives due to the loving relationship we have with Him. Love looks for ways to lift up those struck down by suffering or lost in sin without drawing attention to its heroics.

People who love understand that wisdom, success and wealth come from God. Bragging and the desire for accolades and constant acknowledgement has no place in the presence of love.

Love does not force its agenda, rather  works to collaborate and seek what’s best. For example in marriage, don’t demand your own way, rather in love take time to value each another’s ideas and desires and work towards them collectively. If organization is important, perhaps you schedule a day once a quarter to clear out the clutter in an area of your house. Furthermore, money management may be a fear of your mate’s, if so calendar time weekly to plan and discuss finances.

This is what the Lord says:“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches. Jeremiah 9:23

Love does not have to feel superior to be valued. On the contrary your modest assessment of yourself is what leads to mutual respect that validates love. Keep your ego in check by recalling how far God has brought you,  not forgetting how far you still have to go, as it always helps to keep one humble and right in their spirit. You are not God’s gift to the world, as that role is reserved for Jesus and Jesus only. Love does not have to brag, because it is secure in Christ’s love. Your part is to lay low, loving others and God’s part is to promote you in His time.

Beware of becoming a legend in your own mind, only the Lord deserves a legendary legacy. The more you grow in your capacity to love, the lower you go in needing to feel important. The ability to love is reward enough without having to be recognized. Your love will unify those you serve, because you are not worried about getting credit for the outcomes. Boast only about God’s faithfulness to answer prayer and extend His grace and favor. Great gain happens when we love like the Lord loves us.

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