boast·ful – ˈbōs(t)fəl/
adjective – showing excessive pride and self-satisfaction in one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities.
It’s hard to show someone else love when we’re too focused on ourselves. It’s difficult to carry on a conversation with someone when we’re thinking of all the great things we did that day. We’re not listening to them, we’re just waiting for them to stop talking so we can share how awesome we are. And no one has a chance to say, “Good job!” because we’ve already told them what a great job we’ve done. Ever met that type of person? Ever BEEN that type of person? I think we all have been honestly.
Matter of fact, Facebook and Instagram have become a perfect avenue for boasting. I know that’s hard to consider, it’s hard for me too. I look at things I’ve posted just this week and have to ask myself…was I being boastful? I was actually tempted to skip this section in my “Love Is” category because the more I thought about what boasting is, the more I realized I do it! That’s what I love about the word of God though. It reveals things in us that need to be dealt with. God says to love and He says that love is not boastful, so if that’s in me, I want it gone. Not addressing that in myself is being prideful and that’s the next thing that God says love is NOT.
To sum it up, we can’t glorify God if we’re busy glorifying ourselves.
Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips. – Proverbs 27:2
Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.” – 1 Corinthians 1:31
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor. – James 4:10