Boasting about anything, except Jesus, is sin.
Everything you have is because God allows you to have it. Regardless of what you may want to boast in—wisdom, money, housing, gifts, abilities, children, successes, scriptural insights, etc.—it is God who allowed you to have it in the first place.
Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; —Jeremiah 9:23
But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. —James 4:16
And since God may very well take it away tomorrow, or multiply it today, boast only in Him.
But HE WHO BOASTS, LET HIM BOAST IN THE LORD. —2 Corinthians 10:17
But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Galatians 6:14
Always remember, boasting is from Satan while the opposite, humility, is of the Lord.
Our son is 8 years old and has no concept of money or what things cost. When I go to the grocery or discount store, he whines and wails for me to buy everything he sees. Do you think it is scriptural for parents to give their children an allowance, and, if so, at what age?
The late Larry Burkett, a noted Christian authority on finances (www.crown.org), said yes—when they are old enough to count. And we agree. An allowance teaches scriptural foundations in three key areas:
- The opportunity to give a portion back to God, therefore recognizing where the money actually came from (God).
- It helps teach that there are limits that we must operate within. Being limited on what you can spend teaches saving, which then teaches patience.
- It teaches responsibility and stewardship for what God has entrusted to us.
Based on the number of Christians who file for bankruptcy each year, it is important to teach your children about money from the earliest age.
And as far as the whining/wailing child in the store, we don’t think you are spanking him often enough, or perhaps with the wrong attitude (not enough enthusiasm 🙂
Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you beat him with the rod, he will not die. —Proverbs 23:13
You shall beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from Sheol. —Proverbs 23:14
Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him. —Proverbs 22:15
Stripes that wound scour away evil. —Proverbs 20:30
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