“Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant…” 1 Corinthians 13:4 Last week we looked at jealousy, and wanting what someone else has. This week we’re looking at the unloving twins – bragging (boasting) and arrogance, or trying to make others jealous of what we have. While jealousy puts people down, bragging and arrogance, puts ourselves up much higher than we desire.
Questions to ponder:
•Do you boast about your abilities, gifts, accomplishments, or possessions? No, I do not boast about my abilities, gifts, accomplishments, or possessions. We should never be guilty of boasting, instead, we should forever thank our Father God, Who blesses us with all that we have, and all that we are.
•Are you self-promoting, trying to draw attention to yourself with your words? No, I am not self-promoting. I try my best to always be God-promoting. I want my words to lead others to Him.
•Do you flatter others, with a secret hope of advancement?
No, I do not flatter others with a secret hope of advancement. I flatter others, to encourage them, and show love to them.
•Do you enjoy telling about your achievements, more than listening to the accomplishments of others? No, I would much rather hear of the accomplishments of others.
•Are you content to do good works, without recognition or praise? Definitely, I never want the praise. The praise totally belongs to my Father God, always.
•Do you accept credit for things God has done? No, and may I never be guilty of that.
•Do you have an accurate assessment of your strengths and weaknesses? I pray that I do.
•Do you harbor a spirit of pride – an inflated view of yourself? No, actually, it is the exact opposite.
•Do you feel your spiritual gift is superior to others?No, Father God has blessed each of us with our own unique spiritual gifts.