1 Corinthians 13: 4
..... charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, KJV
In our previous study we focused on the what love is - love is patient and kind. Now we find what love it not - love does not envy or boast, and is not arrogant!
It is quite possible that in our busyness of life that we often do not think of the seriousness of living our daily lives in ways that are sinful and displeasing to the Lord. We read in James 3: 14-16 some very serious words that we should take heed to. It says:
Where envy and self seeking exist, there is confusion and every evil thing there! It is demonic! wow! Let us turn to the Lord in repentance and get rid of these things in our lives.
Our 1 Corinthians verse states that love does not envy. When one has envy in his heart, there is not love. We can think of some Old Testament Bible stories like the story of Joseph where the brothers were envious of him, and sold him into slavery in Egypt. The brothers envy was hateful and led them to do evil things. We can think of the story of Sarah and Abraham, where Sarah was so desperate to have a child, she gave her maid Hagar to Abraham to have her bear a child. Sarah did not wait on the Lord, but took matters into her own hands. Then when Hagar became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham, Sarah was jealous and did not want Hagar nor her son Ishmael, around and therefore Abraham sent them away. Here too envy led to some very bad decisions.
We also read in the New Testament where the chief priests wanted Jesus to be killed because their hearts were filled with envy, and Barabbas was released and Jesus was crucified. You can read it in Mark 15.
We are to lay aside all envy as we walk with the Lord Jesus.
1 Peter 2:1-3
Love does not boast and is not arrogant. This has to do with pride. We must realize and admit that everything we have accomplished or earned or received in this life is a gift from the hand of God. He is the One who gives us strength and abilities, opportunities and all we need to work. We cannot and should not take the credit for ourselves. All glory and honor belongs to the Lord!! Also when we pass from here, we can take none of our earthly treasures with us. All the money you have in the bank will be left here on this earth. You cannot take your riches with you. It makes no sense to be arrogant and proud about these things as they are only on loan to us from the Lord. As the famous CT Studd said - "Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-10
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,