More from yesterday’s blog post:
Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 ESV
Envy: a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.
Boast: to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself
Arrogant: making claims or pretensions to superior importance or rights; overbearingly assuming; insolently proud
Rude: discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way; rough, harsh, or ungentle
Most of this is about wanting what others have, wanting to be more important than others or acting like others don’t count much.
Comparisons can get you into trouble. Pray about understanding your own worth and the beauty of your individuality. Then take the time to get to know Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:6-7 ESV
I like the way that The Message puts it:
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
We don’t need to envy others or try to be superior to them. We are already women of great worth and value, loved greatly by our Father. We can love and serve the way Jesus did and it doesn’t reflect on our worth at all.
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Great advice from Elevate Your Marriage ~ Built to Last: Preparing Your Marriage to Care For Elderly Parents Paul and I cared for his mom over the last few years of her life. We wanted to be able to serve her, but, honestly, it was quite difficult because we were not prepared.
The Generous Husband is doing a series on the lies we believe ~ Marriage Lie: Your marriage is just about you and your spouse. This lie is a biggie.