“Love … is not boastful or vainglorious …” (1Corinthians 13:4 Amp)
Of whom do you boast? Of what do you boast? If it has anything to do with you, or your own achievements, your own possessions, there is a serpent in the garden (“you will be LIKE God”, see
Noah Webster defines boast as “to brag; to make a VAIN DISPLAY, in speech, of one’s own worth, property, or actions; to glory; to exalt one’s self; to speak of with pride, vanity or exultation, with a view to SELF-COMMENDATION (praise); expression of pride” (American Dictionary of the English Language, Noah Webster, 1828, emphasis mine). Boasting has its root in pride and vanity, which serves the god of “I” – self-centeredness, self-worship, self-exaltation.
The Word of God tells us that YHWH Elohim will share His glory with NO ONE (Isaiah 42:8; 48:11); we need to meditate on why. There is no selfishness or vanity IN Him; on the contrary. Our ABBA Father is a kind and generous parent, giving, caring, with our best interests always before Him. He understands that the very moment we take our eyes OFF of Him, focus them on our own achievements, our selves, we will begin to worship our selves. This is the first step towards self-destruction. Our Creator did not create us for us to destroy ourselves. We were created to enjoy fellowship with HIM.
So what DO we boast about? We brag about our God. We boast about His goodness, His faithfulness, His love, His virtue, His character, how wonderful He is to US, His children. Are these things not worth boasting about? Don’t you enjoy it when you hear your children saying, “My Mommy/Daddy is the BEST in the w-h-o-l-e wide world!” And won’t you stop everything you are doing just to go love on that child? Isn’t it possible our heavenly Father might feel the same way?
“Here is what Adonai says: "The wise man should not boast of his wisdom, the powerful should not boast of his power, the wealthy should not boast of his wealth; instead, let the boaster boast about this: that he UNDERSTANDS AND KNOWS ME — that I am Adonai, practicing grace, justice and righteousness in the land; for in these things I take pleasure," says Adonai.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 CJB, emphasis mine)
“When I boast, it will be about Adonai; the humble will hear of it and be glad.” Psalm 34:2 CJB
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