What does the Bible say about bragging?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
The Bible makes it clear that bragging or boasting of our own achievements or abilities is neither wise nor commendable. Bragging is a form of pride, which indicates that the braggart does not have a proper Biblical perspective about his relationship with God, or with other people.

For instance, in Mark 9:33-37, when the apostles were arguing among themselves about which one of them was the greatest, Jesus told them that whoever among them wanted to be first had to be the very last, and the servant of all the others. (Of course, Jesus Himself is the primary example of this type of humility, as Paul noted in Philippians 2:5-8).

Paul himself realized that he had been saved purely by God's grace (as all Christians are), and that Christians have nothing to boast about with regard to their salvation, as he stated in Ephesians 2:8-9. 

In the Old Testament, as well, God Himself put boasting in its proper perspective in passages such as Jeremiah 9:23-24. 

Many other Biblical verses about boasting can be found at the following link, which is useful for accessing and summarizing Biblical teaching not only about boasting, but about many other subjects: 


August 29 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
I had this bragging problem before I was saved. I believe my conceit kept me from coming to Christ. But then something wonderful happened to me. May you read this and become saved yourselves if you are not saved yet!

A doctor, an engineer, and a politician were arguing as to which profession was older. "Well," argued the doctor, "without a physician mankind could not have survived, so I am sure that mine is the oldest profession." "No," said the engineer, "before life began there was complete chaos, and it took an engineer to create some semblance of order from this chaos. So engineering is older." "But," chirped the triumphant politician, "who created the chaos?"

The braggart tries to impress others of his great accomplishments in order to make himself look good: “After all I’ve done for you, and you treat me this way!” But love isn’t trying to build up me; love is trying to build up the other person. Love is humble. The humble, loving person is aware that everything he has is an undeserved gift from God (1 Cor. 4:7). So he doesn’t boast, but thankfully uses what God has given to serve others. Cole

We're supposed to love others as the second great commandment, the first is to love God. "Loving another takes self out of the picture, except to give of oneself. God showed us the ultimate love when He sent Jesus to take on the sins of the world — our sins — and save us from His wrath. God so loved us He gave His only Son! (John 3:16). Our boast, then, is in Christ, as we seek His glory and rejoice in Him!"

God, whose love is always stronger
Than our weakness, pride and fear,
In your world, we pray and wonder
How to be more faithful here.
Hate too often grows inside us;
Fear rules what the nations do.
So we pray, when wars divide us:
Give us love, Lord! Make us new!

Love is patient, kind and caring,
Never arrogant or rude,
Never boastful, all things bearing;
Love rejoices in the truth.
When we’re caught up in believing
War will make the terror cease,
Show us Jesus’ way of living;
May our strength be in your peace.

Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

The Contemporary English Version of Proverbs 27:2 says, 
"Don't brag about yourself--let others praise you."

April 02 2022 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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