When we become adults we are more subtle about our boasting.
Reference: v.12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: When we’re young, we are blunt in our boasting. “I can run faster than you,” “My dad’s stronger than your dad,” “I finished first!” It is very clear to see what a child is proud of.
When we become adults we are more subtle about our boasting. A business person will drive an expensive car to boast about their pay packet, a parent will display their child’s accomplishments to show themselves as a good role model, or someone will wear labelled clothing to prove how trendy they are.
These boasts may not be used with words, but they can still be heard loud and clear.
Application: When Paul was writing to the Corinthians he also spoke about boasting. He was one of the greatest apostles ever known.
Imagine what Paul could have boasted about. Was it the amount of churches he planted? Was it how many believers he had assisted? Was it how many laws he had kept? He had every right to boast about all these things.
But no! Paul boasts that he has acted with integrity with all people.
While I would love to add that to my list of boasts, I must be honest and admit that integrity is a tricky one. But what an awesome attribute to be able to declare.
Think of all the things you are proud of. Is integrity on that list?
Prayer: Lord, we know the way that we must conduct ourselves, but so often we fall into selfishness and pride. May we be able to boast of integrity, grace and love. Amen.
Are you able to boast of integrity today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.