Love does not boast. (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Boasting destroys relationships and is similar to envy. When we envy, we reduce others to what they possess; in boasting, we reduce ourselves. When we envy, we look past others to the things they possess. When we boast, we set our things between us and others. Boasting diminishes our relationships because it demands that other people acknowledge us not for who we are but for our possessions, position, or relationships. Envying others is a sad thing, but boasting is downright ugly. The antidote for boasting is humility, the acknowledgment that everything we have has come from God. God has given, but God can just as easily take away.
Lord, let me never boast in anything. Let me glory only in the love you have for me and how you have provided for my every need.
The antidote for boasting is to give glory to God. Whenever someone gives you a compliment, turn it into a testimony of God’s goodness. Everything you have is God’s gift to you: your possessions, your talents, your relationship, everything! So in everything, you can give glory to God! Love does not boast, and neither should you.