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...for the wicked boast... ...for the wicked boast...
    by Scott Owings

    It is only natural for children to boast. At first, this even seems cute to the adoring parent as the child boasts of their new toy, accomplished feat, or good grades. While we want our kids to strive for excellence, and to be proud of their actions, we would do well to pass on Solomon’s wise advice: “Let another praise you and not your own mouth.” (Proverbs 27:2)

    There are several things that we can do to help prevent our children from growing into what is “natural” and be molded into what is “spiritual.”

    First, let’s praise our children often. If our children hear us praising them for who they are and what they’ve done, they will be affirmed and thus be less likely to feel the need to boast about themselves before others.

    Second, let’s take every opportunity available to pray in the presence of our children, praising and thanking God for entrusting us with such priceless treasures.

    And finally, let’s tell our children over and over again about the grace of Jesus Christ. His grace not only saves us, it allows us to enjoy life, use our intelligence, have friends, and every other thing in which we might be tempted to boast.

    The wicked boast in what they’ve done; the righteous in what is being done by God in Christ!

Psalm 10:3-4, 6, 17-18

For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord. In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”; all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”

They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved; throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”

O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more.
Bible text is from The New Revised Standard Version, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989). Used by permission.

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Title: "...for the wicked boast..."
Author: Scott Owings
Publication Date: March 30, 2000



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