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Love does not boast DAY 4

Updated: Mar 31

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Now that the weekend is over and the normal routine of a business week has been thoroughly disrupted, the reality of what has hit us, has hit me too. Some of you might even have received an email from your employer saying that they doubt if salaries can be paid at the end of this month. My heart breaks for you and your loved ones who are facing similar realities. I know it’s tough and it might even still get tougher. But we have to hold on to hope, we have to believe that this too shall pass. And it will.

For many people this lockdown has, for the first time ever, brought them to their knees. Even maybe you. As humans we have this tendency to try our best to strive for independence and self-sufficiency. As if we have something to prove. Something like “Look at me, I can do it on my own”. My 18 month old son is starting on this path… Whenever I try to help him, he insists on doing it on his own. His way. Reminds me of that old Frank Sinatra song.

it does not boast, it is not proud…

When Paul in his letter to the Corinthian church says that love does not boast and it is not proud, he is going for the jugular. He is hitting the greatest of all sins on the head. Ever realised what the middle letter of the words sin and pride is? I. This is our greatest enemy. The I. The unholy trinity.. me, myself and I. I believe the greatest growth of any human is when you stop trying and start dying. Paul in his letter to the Galatian churches said it so simple in chapter 2 verse 20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

It is not about us anymore. When we fully surrender to the Lordship of Jesus, we choose to die to ourselves, to lay down our lives, our rights, our preferences and look towards his glorious plan for our lives and his Kingdom. This is the love that He loved us with when He first lay down his life. All we do is only a response to what He already did. This then releases in us a love that does not boast.

The Greek word translated here as “boast” means “to brag or point to oneself.” It is that conversation where you only talk about yourself, your achievements or even your struggles. The focus is me. But the verse goes on. Where boasting is an action, pride is a state. Pride goes even deeper.

In this time of lockdown where we all have been stripped from so much, our pride will be exposed. That deep hidden way of thinking that we are better than others. Other races, other nations, other people. I believe with all that we are facing now one of the most beautiful outcomes can be that we come to the end of our self-sufficiency, our pride. That we stop boasting (publicly or secretly in our hearts). That we stop trying to be the master of our own ship. That we stop saying, “I did it my way” and rather in deep dependence declare… “Lord, do it your way”.

Stay safe and stand strong.

Retief


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