Love does not boast

1 Corinthians 13:4  Love…does not…boast

No one likes a braggart.  Excessive boasting is obnoxious and rude.  It belittles others and serves self.  In short, it’s not love.  Let’s translate this into a scenario you can relate to.

You’re out with friends.  The girls are chatting together while the guys share a word.  You’re going on about what you did for your girlfriend for your anniversary, telling all of the details about how much hard work you put into it.  This can play out two ways.

You’re either sharing all this so that your friends know how wonderful you think your girlfriend is, and how deserving she is of this treatment, expressing regret that you can’t always treat her with this much attention – or, you’re bragging. In the latter scenario, you’re trying to make yourself look good, which makes it seem as though you went so out of your way for such an underserving wretch as your girlfriend, and she’s so lucky to have a good person like you in her life.  How does this make her feel?  Is that loving?

Love builds others up, it doesn’t tear them down.  And bragging does bring others down in an attempt to elevate self.  It’s best to follow the wisdom of Proverbs 27:2 and “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth”. True love acts in humility.