Reaching out to Central New York in the name of Jesus Christ

A Word for Today

Love’s Humility

Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Have you ever accomplished something remarkable in your life?  Perhaps you baked and decorated an incredible cake, achieved an athletic benchmark, or earned a prominent position at work. Did you share it with others via text or social media?  We’re you tempted to brag about it, maybe just a little?  Have you seen something remarkable that someone else has accomplished and felt envious? 

Now, consider God.  It would seem silly for God to be envious of any man, I agree.  But doesn’t God have every right to boast about His accomplishments or to get puffed up?  Can’t He lay claim to accomplishments that blow the achievements of men out of the water?  You might have baked and decorated a cake—God created and decorated the world.  You might have achieved an athletic benchmark, but God is a Rock and a Fortress to those who look to Him.  We might have earned a prominent position, but God is the CEO of the Universe.

Despite His right to boast and feel puffed up God does not.  1 Corinthians 13:4 says that godly love does not envy, boast, or puff itself up—this is God’s standard.  God has shared about His awesomeness with us, but it is not to boast or elevate Himself.  Then why do it?  It is to provide us with comfort and security, knowing that the God we serve is Almighty in any situation we face.  In this we can find contentment and rest.

“You are mighty and wonderful and worthy of all praise, God.  There is none like you.  Help me to live my life in contentment, knowing that you are with me.”