Love is Not Proud
I Corinthians 13:4,5 KJV
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up...seeketh not her own...
Pride cannot coexist with godly love. Christian love is not arrogant or focused on one’s self, but is centered on others. In pride, we become the objects of our own love. In humility, we learn to love others. A person with godly love is not concerned with benefiting himself. The only thing love sees is the need of someone else.
When the Good Samaritan stopped to help the man in need on the road to Jericho, he didn’t concern himself with; “Jews do not associate with Samaritans” (John 4:9). The Good Samaritan did not care how it looked to others. He was there to help someone in distress (Luke 10:30-37). His humble focus on someone else’s need was the illustration Jesus used in teaching that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. We must be reminded of the most important commandments, “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Mark 12:30-31).
Pride and self-centeredness draws the heart away from caring for someone else. Selfishness may think; “I need help myself. Why should I help them when I’m having difficulty too?” Romans 12:10 says, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” We are to be devoted to one another showing the world the conviction and view of a true Christian. Love is never boastful or “puffed up” because pride is hurtful and wounds people. “Only by pride comes contention” (Proverbs 13:10). All that pride ever does is breed contention, strife and disharmony. Humble people haven’t got anything to argue about because they give of themselves, caring for others with an unconditional heart of love.
Lord, help me to love others unconditionally.