“Love is not boastful or arrogant. “ 1 Corinthians 13:4
Tony Evans says, “Biblical love is the decision (not merely the feeling) to compassionately (out of concern for someone else), righteously (based on God’s standards), and sacrificially (giving to meet a need) seek the well being of another.” I recently read that the opposite of love is not hate, but pride. As we read and wrestle through each attribute of love, we see that a failure in the attributes of love is entrenched in pride. It’s been said that love is “Big-hearted” and arrogance is “big-headed”. Boasting reveals pride in your actions, and arrogance reveals pride in your heart.
Arrogance is sneaky. It comes through the back door of your thoughts and takes up a comfy chair in a corner of your heart. You see, you may not even think that you have a problem with arrogance, and this way of thinking only reveals that you DO!!! Arrogance is thinking that you have some sort of “enlightenment” that others may or may not have. You may be faster, smarter, craftier, more artistic, a better reader, a better giver, a better anything. Our culture tells us that because of your giftedness you should be given entitlement. Scripture tells us that with your giftedness, comes stewardship. And 1Corinthians reminds us that the motive behind the stewardship of that gift, must be love and not “puffed up” motives or ambition. Arrogance has an agenda, and that agenda is about exalting myself. Philippians 2:13 says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Lord, I confess to you that there is pride and arrogance in my heart. Jesus, Philippians 2:7 says “You emptied yourself taking on the form of a servant!” I want humility and the attitude of a servant to be manifested more and more in my heart and life. Reveal to me the places where I am arrogant in my heart and in my actions. Help me to know in a deeper and deeper way the deep love you have for me. Help me to reflect and extend that love on this day! Psalm 129:24, “see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”