1 Corinthians 13:4 notes, “… Love is not boastful or proud …” That is, true love is so apparent that there’s no need to announce it. I guess we’re not excelling in the love category, for people enjoy proclaiming their loving gestures. If you don’t believe it, then fail to acknowledge or reciprocate their love. They’ll spend the next five minutes reminding you of their acts of love toward you!
Thankfully, God is our polar opposite; He does not boast! In the text cited above, Jesus had a great opportunity to boast. He had been asked, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of God?” He could have cited His catalog of character, “Not only am I the Messiah, but I’m the One who woke you up today!” Instead of celebrating Himself, Jesus seasoned His response with humility: “You have said it …” He’s so loving that He doesn’t force Himself on us, and He’ll wait patiently until we acknowledge who He is.
Since God doesn’t boast, then we have an assignment. We must tell the world about His love, for it’s too awesome to keep secret. So, here are your marching orders: “Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies” (Psalm 107:2, New Living Translation).
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud … (1 Corinthians 13:4, New Living Translation)