Does this have to be said? We all know this, right?
Love is primarily about someone else.
And pride only has to do with oneself?
So love and pride can’t go together!
But it is not as simple as it seems.
Just read the many different translations
and paraphrases of the verses we will jump into Sunday:
…love does not boast, it is not proud… (NIV)
…love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up… (KJV)
…love is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance…(Phillips)
…love is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. (Amplified)
…Love doesn’t strut. Doesn’t have a swelled head (The Message)
What I find in these different insights into “love is not proud” is that I often combine “pride” and “love.” In other words, all of us talk about love a lot, but often the kind of love we really want is for us…not for others.
Now this hits hard, doesn’t it? Who among us doesn’t want love?
Sure, we want to love, but at the same time we want to be loved.
Love means a lot to us.
But how often does what we want in love dominate our love?
Well, that is what we will dive into this week.
Oh, BTW, are you proud of your love?