Charity, Pt. 11

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not: charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

I Corinthians 13:4-7

In looking at this list of things that define charity, we have come to this: charity “…is not puffed up.”  “Puffed up” simply means filled with pride.  Charity is not filled with pride.  Charity does not have an inflated ego.  Charity is a Christ-like, sacrificial, giving love.  There is no room in that kind of love for pride.

Pride is the sin that caused the fall of Lucifer, and, by extension, the human race.  We have always had a problem with pride.  There is something appealing to our flesh about the Devil’s offer “…you shall be like gods.”  Being like gods appeals to our pride.  It appeals to our flesh.  It is also wrong and sinful.

Charity is not puffed up.  Charity does not have a problem with ego and arrogance.  Charity is a sacrificial and giving love.  If we are giving sacrificially and loving others and loving the Lord as we should, we will not have a problem with pride.  Pride comes in when we start to put ourselves on a pedestal. We start to put ourselves and our opinions over the Lord Jesus and His truth.  We start to put our own wants and desires above the wants and desires of others.  We start to get things backward when we get full of ourselves.  And that is really what it comes down to – we are full of ourselves.  We need to be full of the Spirit and full of charity.  But instead, we are often full of ourselves.  That is not charity.  Do we have true charity in our hearts today?  Or are we puffed up with pride?

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