Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT
As if being patient, kind and not jealous was not hard enough, the list continues. Love is not boastful. Now let’s stop and think about this. Are you boastful? Do you always have to share your story with others? When you enter into conversations with others are you first to say what’s going on in your life?
Love listens to others. If we are always talking, when do we listen? Start by listening to your own words. If everything out of your mouth is revolving around you, then you might have a boasting problem.
Psalm 10:3 NKJV says “For the wicked boasts of his heart’s desire”.
Psalm 34:2 NKJV says “My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;The humble shall hear of it and be glad.”
Why, even Paul said this about boasting in Galatians 6:14 NKJV “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
Self check: What’s coming out of my mouth?
If we’re going to boast, then let’s boast about Jesus!