But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”
(1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NASB)
RIGHT FOREVER BY FAITH
One of the main temptations of humans is pride of life, boasting in what you have or do. This behavior is actually rooted in insecurity. If I can prove how valuable I am through what I’ve done or how much I possess externally or in personality, then surely others will be impressed and my value will be confirmed, right?
It can be so easy to look to others for praise. We were created for love and community, so it only makes sense. The problem is that when we look to people for our validation, we will be forever disappointed.
No matter how wonderful you are, there are going to be people who disapprove of you.
Let this verse be a reminder to your heart that you are incredibly valued and accepted by God. There is no need to boast about who you are in yourself to anyone. In yourself, you actually have nothing of true value to boast about. Anything good in you was a gift from God to demonstrate His love and mercy to you. You don’t have to prove yourself to Him, just trust His love that He so readily proved to you through His Son Jesus.
When you come to know deeply who you are in Christ and rest in what He’s done for you, His love and labor for you diminishes your need for others to validate you. You are His and that is all that matters.
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Devotion taken from Meditations on Grace: A Six Month Devotional