André and I have decided that Monday night was our devo-date night. We took pleasure in (albeit only three verses) 2 Corinthians 1: 12-14 which spoke thorougly about character.
Although boasting connotes negativity when used to gloat about one’s own merits, Paul referred to it as proud confidence of what God has done in his life. “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Co 1:31)
In the light of today, when humanity heavily relies on accomplishments to define success, it is easy to get distracted about our purpose (who we are and whose we are). The system of this world often disguises itself as the one true path to righteousness which may be deceiving if we are not submitting to the Holy Spirit through God’s word.
With the perception of society (the shrewdness of man based on philosophies, human intellect and growth based on experience), the still small voice of conscience reigns supreme, “the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God.”
Man judges based on earthly performance, but God judges man’s motives. He sees the heart that quietly beats for things that mankind cannot see.
On that note, we delight in integrity, the unappreciated and often unrecognized victories that set us apart from the rest of the world.