Nanny Nanny Boo Boo

Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.” Micah 7:8

It’s human nature to gloat. Even as toddlers on the playground, I can recall the menacing chant of “nanny nanny boo boo” when my foot missed the ball it was intending to kick, or when Susie got to home base in hide-and-go-seek before being tagged. And, don’t forget the tongue-wagging!

As grown-ups, we have our own “nanny nanny boo boos” like an insincere “bless your heart” or an “I told you so.”

But, God doesn’t want us to gloat. Gloating is retaliatory, and it is arrogant.

I Peter 3:9 says, “Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.”

Jesus provided the perfect example for us to follow, as I Peter 2:23 reminds us, “He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.”

May you resist the urge to gloat over anyone, leaving your situation always in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.


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