My daily devotional this morning had a great point. It asked the questions: do I feel a need for constant confirmation and do I need to drop names to show off?
I think if we’re honest, we are guilty from time to time of bragging about ourselves, especially when we’re with friends we desire to like us…to love us…and keep us in their circle.
The point of these two questions have definite answers from a Christian standpoint. We need only to pause at the foot of the cross to be reminded that the God of the universe chose to die for us rather than to live without us. He saves us no matter how unfavored we are. The bottom line to the questions have a strong point answer — If we need to brag, it should be to brag about the cross of our Lord.
I was reminded of a Scripture that fits into the subject of friendships and serious conversations . . . it was the words of the Apostle Paul who said to the Corinthians: “For I determine not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (I Corinthians 2:1, King James Version)
So many times I have come home from a gathering and hashed over the things I have said and wished a thousand times over that I could take back some of my words. I’ll soothe myself by saying that I’m no different than anyone else. I do this to ease the pain of my besetting sin. But it goes right back to knowing that I’m in need of deeper sanctification.
I think the opposite of bragging is thankfulness. Truly, all of us who live in freedom and comfort in this dangerous war-torn world are thankful for the “keeping” power that God has on our lives, and the knowledge that no matter what, He is in control. AMEN.
God help us to shine for Him when in conversation with friends and family.
Side Note: I know we all are praying for God’s help in Ukraine, and for His blessing and safety for all His people around the world. May we be faithful to pray each day for God’s will and plan.
This is the cover of a new novel to be announced soon. It’s a beautiful love story with twists and turns that hold true to life and the difficulties in our society. It asks the questions, can God bring beauty from ashes and repair what is broken.
In “The Wonted Voice of Forgiveness” the hard questions of love, lust, and forgiveness are faced, and the reader is pointed to a God Who loves us, even when we neglect to follow His plan.
I’m excited about this book, and I believe its message of love and hope will encourage and bring joy, no matter what age or gender. I’ll post the launch date as soon as my publisher gives it. Please stayed tuned.