According to God, boasting isn’t sinful (2 Thessalonians 2:4). This is a contradiction of what I typically think is right.
I usually assume that pride is bad and subsequently bragging about it is even worse.
In this passage, there a two distinct differences with the type of basting that I am used to looking so low upon.
- The purpose of the boasting was not in order to bring about a demonstration of Paul, or even the Thessalonian churches glory. In contrast, it was used as evidence of the righteous judgment of God (v5)
- The boasting was really about God, who rightfully can be boasted about.
It is okay to find joy in God, and even excited tell others about it. Do remember, however, that it is not about you and to remember that effective evangelism is bold and humble, and begets respect without sacrificing the truth of the Gospel (1 Thess 4:10-12; see previous note).
What can be taken away from this about the nature of pride? It is good to be proud when it is truly earned and deserved. We should be proud of other and ourselves when we overcome adversity or accomplish our goals. The key is not to take too much pride. Take only as much as the goal was worth. Did you finally do your laundry after weeks of feeling lazy? Yeah, tiny pride. Did you get a great job that you have been striving for? Yes, medium pride. Did you defeat death and sin for all of man kind? SUPER PRIDE! BOAST ABOUT IT!
And when we feel proud, it should still be accompanied by gratitude to the ones that made it possible. I don’t care who you are or what you have done you didn’t do it alone. Has someone encouraged you? Let them know they are appreciated. Has someone mentored you along the way to reach your goals? Thank them. Did someone send their only son to give you freedom? To Him, we should be eternally grateful.
The pride and the thankfulness should come proportionately.
Thank you for reading my disjointed thoughts.