1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity never faileth:
God’s love does not boast or abound with self-praise. It is not vain or proud. It does not make a parade or brag.
It does not overestimate one’s own importance. It does not mind when others are recognized, have preeminence, preference or prominence. Love is not a braggart or boaster; it does not need to toot its own horn. The word for “vaunteth not itself” implies to boast about something by downgrading something else with the implication of regarding oneself as superior. Love does not despise or look down on others.
God’s love is not high-minded or puffed up with pride. The God kind of love does not have pride which elevates self or puts down others. It is not puffed up. It gives up putting on airs, it is not contemptuous of others, and it is not arrogant or inflated with pride. The word for “puffed up” has the primary sense of blowing up, inflating, causing to swell up. It means to make proud, haughty, or arrogant. Love doesn’t have a swelled head, sing its own praises, and it isn’t arrogant. Remember: Green corn stands upright but ripe corn bends low.
The love of God in us doesn’t need to brag or have swag. We hear commentary on people today in many fields of life describing a person as having “swag” or having some “swagger.” Swag is sometimes used to refer to having a stylish appearance in the way one presents oneself or stylish confidence. There is certainly nothing wrong with that but it is also a short word for “swagger.” Swagger is defined as to walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way. It means walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others. To strut, to parade, show off, or prance. It includes acting in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner. It describes a proud stiff pompous gait or to strut with a defiant or insolent air. Love doesn’t need to “strut its stuff.” It can walk with confidence and style but it is never conceited or arrogant.
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.