From biblical teaching that we are familiar with, the idea of “boasting” is hardly acceptable. In fact, Paul states that “God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). Paul follows this in verse 31 with, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” He further explains that boasting is not a quality of love (13:4).
On the other hand, Paul was very willing to boast about God’s work in the saints, especially those at Corinth in whom the Spirit worked such a dramatic change (see 2 Corinthians 7:14; 8:24; 9:2-3).
But there was another kind of boasting that is okay with Paul and should be part of our thinking. Knowing that the grace of Christ was sufficient for all he endured, including the “thorn”, and that the power of God would be made perfect in his weakness, Paul said, “I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (12:9).
I have been guilty of boasting about my own accomplishments. God is teaching me the value of boasting in my weakness “so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” How is this principle being worked out in your life?
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