Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13)
If you were to ask me if I struggled with envy, boasting, or arrogance I would immediately say no. Those words are so ugly and represent those in our world we don’t want to be like. If I were honest though, there are times they really do describe my selfish attitude.
Envy can be as simple as just being discontent with what God has given you and wishing you had the “perfect” life, husband, children, possessions, or job that you believe someone else has. It is easy to look at others and think their life is so much better or easier than ours is, but we have no idea what they struggle with in their personal life. God has given us exactly what we need.
Boasting and arrogance seem like harsh words but, when we look down on others or feel we are better than them in any way, we are expressing them. There are many who have gone through difficult trials which resulted in their condition or state. Think of Job and his friends. They thought they were godly and yet their arrogant attitudes and assumptions that they knew all about Job’s heart made them poor advisers. Before we condemn, it is important to remember that but for the grace of God we might also be in the same condition.
What we are and what we have been given are gifts from God. He showed us what true love was when He sent His only Son to die for a sin sick world (John 3:16-17). If you struggle with any of these areas, ask God to replace your sinful attitude with His love. We will never function at full strength until we acknowledge where we are falling short and ask God to give us His heart in that area.
February: Love @ full strength in Christ
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