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Tuesday, 25 May 2010 07:29

 

 

Love does not brag and is not arrogant

 

Devotional done by Ess-Jee from standforyourmarriage.org

 

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. . . He who boasts is to boast in the LORD. For it is not he who commends himself that is approved, but he whom the Lord commends.” (2 Corinthians 10:17)

 

Brag and Pride goes hand in hand. When one seems to be full of pride, being puffed up and trampling on one’s spouse will certainly come next. When Jesus came to the Earth, He could have had all the nations bow down to Him in an instant, bragging of all His powers and His Strong Father. He could have bragged of all the knowledge He had or how many people He delivered or all His miracles He preformed. Instead He chose to live a selfless obedient life, and He died a horrific death. Everything our Lord Jesus came to show us was for us to follow in His footsteps. When one does something, it must not be for oneself or even to get acknowledgement from your spouse. You must do it for the love of the Lord. Even when you have done something great for someone and no appreciation is shown, you must still love this person and see what the next thing is you can do to lift their burden.

 

Many of us enjoy being praised after a good deed for someone. The Lord’s standard does not work that way. He says in His word that what you do in secret, whether it is good or bad, will be brought into the open at the right time. Bragging exalts oneself and looks down on others. Humbleness on the other hand, exalts others instead of oneself. When the Lord Jesus and His disciples was travelling between cities, Jesus heard them arguing about themselves, which one was the number one disciple. When Jesus heard this He turned around and said that the one who wants to be first will be last and the one who is last will be first. In that the Lord was trying to show His disciples that He came to Earth to teach us to serve each other.

 

The other example of servantship I can use is that of a husband and wife. The Word speaks of the wife that must be submissive to her husband because He is the head of the home and Christ is his head. But what I discovered is that submission doesn’t only apply to the wife, but also to the husband. The Lord called the husband to be bondservant leader to his wife, as Jesus showed us as the church. When the husband takes up his role as bondservant leader, he demonstrates to his wife what submission is all about. Basically the wife and husband submit to each other and to the Lord.

 

 Arrogance or pride (which often leads to bragging) cannot co-exist with love. Arrogance is having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one’s own importance, merit, ability, accomplishments, etc. It is being conceited.

 

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 07:49
 
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