The discussion continues…..
Ok, we were talking about 1Corinthians 13:4-7, about the truth vs. myth of love. If you’re dropping in for the first time, this is the second part of, I don’t know, whatever. Just read yesterday’s post.
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.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Whoa…..alright. Have you ever known somebody who can never be happy for someone else’s fruitfulness or good fortune? I used to work for a prominent surgeon, cleaning his house and loving his children. They had a lot of nice stuff. I confess, it turned my head for half a second. Everybody deals with that, occasionally. But there was this guy and his wife that they paid to clean their windows twice a year. They really creeped me out. They had hungry eyes. Their envy and want were almost tangible. When I allow envy to take hold of my heart, enough is never enough. I could have everything I desire and still never be content. Envy is a restless want that produces bitterness and exhaustion. It can drive a man to his grave never having experienced true happiness.
Boasting, that’s pretty obvious. In this case, I think it means to make others feel inferior. People who find self affirmation in making others feel small might as well have a sign around their necks stating, “Hey, everybody! Look at me! I’m excruciatingly insecure!” And that’s what it boils down to, isn’t it? The one who cannot take Abba at His word, that He can and will supply everything we need is a very insecure and fearful person, indeed. That leads us straight to pride.
Pride says, “Step off, God, I can do it myself.” While it is the most ludicrous of claims, it is the most stealthy of deceptions. Love knows that it needs another to be complete. Love pours out, Love gives, Love yields. Pride consumes, pride takes, pride self-promotes. Love trusts everyone and everything, but pride trusts no one. That’s how it hides. It masquerades as strength but it is little more than fear and insecurity in big leather boots.
Love will always promote the well-being of another over itself. Always.