“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
God calls us to build each other up, not ourselves. There are many times when I have wavered with these lessons. I have spent my life trying to get back to Christ from, what seemed like, a lifetime away from Him. I did some horrible things as a teen and young adult that I am not proud of, by any means, but it was those things that I went through that have molded me into the person I am today.
I still have people, from my past, who continue to look at me in a bad light and think I will always be that way. One thing I hear quite often is how promiscuous I was, at that time in my life, and how I will never change. Never mind the fact that I have been married to the same man for nearly 17 years and cannot imagine having a sexual relationship with anyone but him.
It is attitudes from those people that make me feel like I have to boast about how well I am doing. I tend to feel like I have to keep proving myself to them, when in actuality God says do not boast, you have nothing to prove. My only concern should be, the light in which He sees me in. He sees His daughter, the daughter of King Jesus. He asks us to sharpen each other because if you build someone up that encouragement is returned, from Him.
Do things for others, encourage and challenge them not because you may get something out of it but because you love the Lord and this is how you can show it.