Agape Love Neither Boasts Nor Is Proud
When Apostle Paul spoke of love when he wrote to the Corinthians, his first challenge was expressing the agape love that comes through the grace of God. Sensual love was the understanding which the Corinthians had. Paul, in using the term agape, elevated their understanding, stressing that agape love deals more with their behavior than their emotions, more their actions than their feelings.
In this passage Paul makes fifteen statements defining agape love. First, he says, love is patient. Then, says Paul, agape love is not boastful. Have you ever heard someone say of another, "The older he got, the better he was?" What did he mean? Simply put, every time the old timer told the story, the better he was - the bigger was his fish, the greater was his accomplishment.
There are some individuals who major in one-upmanship. Seemingly, they just can't let anyone get ahead of them. Individuals who major in one-upmanship have no compunction about lying to prove their point. But, says Paul, that's not what agape love is about.
Agape love is not proud. The bible uniformly condemns pride and arrogance. Why? Because your abilities are a gift from God, and what you have came from the Father's hand so why should you boast and be proud?
Peter wrote, "Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because 'God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble'" (1 Peter 5:5).
Agape love, the kind Paul described, is neither boastful nor proud. Check your motive when you chafe wanting to top someone's story or achievement. Love lets it go. You can too.
Love...does not boast. It is not proud. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:4