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Meditation: Love Does Not Envy, It Does Not Boast
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"It(love) does not envy, it does not boast." I Corinthians 13:4

I Corinthians 13: 4-7 not only describes what love is but also talks about what love is not. In verse 4, after sharing that love is patient and kind, Paul shares two things that love is not: Love does not envy and it does not boast.

The dictionary defines envy as a “feeling of discontent or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities or luck.”

Boasting is defined as “talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions or abilities.”

How often as a Christian do I want what someone else has or toot my own horn to let people know how wonderful I am?

In Mark 10, Jesus himself shares that as a follower of Him the very opposite is true. We are to be servants not the center of attention.

“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Envy also is not loving and not a part of our Christian effort to love. In Philippians 4:11-13 we are told by Paul, “I am not saying this because I am in need. For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”

Jesus provides what we need and asks that we love others by serving. He showed us both qualities as he hung from the cross.

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