1 Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.”

Love is not proud. The word translated as proud literally means to blow up, inflate, or puff up. In other words, pride is a lot of hot air. Pride is a swelling of things beyond what they really are. Making an action, a person, a relationship more than it is. when pride enters, the firm foundation honesty and sound judgment exits. And that is why love is not proud.

Love will never claim to be more than it is. Love will never claim to be something that it isn’t. Love is enough on its own. It doesn’t need to be grandiose. It doesn’t need to be better than. It doesn’t need to do more or say more or be more. Love can stand on its own and be secure in and of itself.

As soon as I start thinking how loving I am towards my wife, I cease to be loving. Whenever I trust in my ability to love more than I rely on the One that puts that love in my heart, I am bound to stumble and fall. How can I ever become puffed up in pride when “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19. I must daily lean on Him for the strength, the integrity, the desire, the willingness to love those around me. Not because they aren’t lovable, but because I am incapable of loving without Him. I know how hard my heart is without His constant working in it. Love is not proud because it flows from God through us to those around us. We are just a vessel for Him to use. So when I feel loved by my wife, it is God loving me through her. And when she experiences my love for her, it is God loving her through me.

Are you willing to be a vessel of God’s love to another person today?