1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it…. (2 Cor 12:1)
That’s right! . . . right there in the Bible, Paul is boasting, and says he will continue!
Of course, as you probably have imagined, this is taken out of context, let’s see what else he said:
2 I know a man in Christ who . . . .
5 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast (2 Cor 12:2, 5a)
So, we see that Paul was not boasting of self, but of others.
In fact, let’s continue to see what else he said:
but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— 6 though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. 7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor 12:5b-10)
What should all these teach us? To boast or not to boast? The Bible clearly tells us not to be proud. However, I think when it comes to telling others about the glory of God in our lives, there may be a small exception. 🙂