15 November 2021
LOVE IS NOT PROUD
SCRIPTURE:…charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up…1 Corinthians 13:4
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: You cannot downgrade those God has upgraded at the Cross of Calvary.
Apostle Paul, in his first Letter to the Corinthian Church, in the thirteenth Chapter, shows us the importance and features of love. He says,
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT).
This means, love is very important in the life of a child of God.
Now, what is love? What is the nature of love?
Love is not proud.
Love is not boastful. Love is humble. It is hatred that is proud!
Now, take note of these points on the nature of love that is not proud:
- Love is not puffed up.
This means, love is not blown up!
- Love is not centred on the worship of self.
There are some people that everything about them revolves around them. The only vocabulary in their lips is, “I, I, me, I, I…”
- Love is not swollen-headed with a superiority complexity.
There are people who move about with a superiority complexity.
You know, even though inferiority complex is disastrous, superiority complexity is also terrible. It is the mentality that says, “I am better than you”. There are some so-called rich and influential people who exhibit this kind of mentality. They want to make everyone feel that they are more important than them. That is not love. That kind of lifestyle can lead someone into the flames of hell because you cannot despise those whom Jesus has esteemed. You cannot downgrade those God has upgraded at the Cross of Calvary.
So, what you need is an accurate estimation of yourself under God. Make up your mind to love others by exhibiting the attitude of humility.
Remember this: You cannot downgrade those God has upgraded at the Cross of Calvary.
- By all means, refuse the lifestyle of pride and arrogance.
- Always humble yourself and show others the love of Christ.
PRAYER: Lord, I ask for the grace to love people liberally. Deliver me from every trace of pride and arrogance and clothe me with the garment of humility, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: THE PRACTICE OF LOVE (PART 1)
QUOTE: If only you can remember where you came from, how it looked like, before God changed your story, it will give you the humility to sustain the authority. It will give you the humility to sustain the notoriety. It will give you the humility to sustain your publicity. It will give you the humility to sustain the power. Culled from “21 FOOLISH THINGS PEOPLE DO” by Dr Paul Enenche.
DAILY READING: Romans 3-5
REFLECTION: Value for God is reflected in value for people. The deeper your knowledge/value for God, the higher your value for people.
PROPHETIC DECLARATION/WORD: Grace to be everything God has ordained for you to be is released for you in Jesus’ Name.