I’m 100% positive that you thought of the late, great boxer, Mohammed Ali when you saw the title.

I thought of him and smiled when I typed the title.

But the post is not about Mohammed Ali.

It is discussing self-aggrandizing behavior.

Self-aggrandizing is acting or seeking to make one-self greater.

Matthew 18:1-4 states, “1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus saw the little child as the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Men or women who self-aggrandize have a haughty spirit which is not pleasing to our heavenly Father. We end up putting someone else down, patronizing someone, or disrespecting someone when we seek to make ourselves greater.

If we’re not happy with ourselves, we should do what we need to do to feel good about ourselves without hurting others – lose weight, exercise, take a class, take self-improvement courses –if it’s something we’ve neglected in our lives.

If it’s a spirit, we need to be delivered, set free, and filled with God’s Holy Spirit.

We are not ready for the marriage bed if we continue with the self-aggrandizing behavior.

 Please go back and read the scripture verses under pride and condescending spirit if you want to know more of how God feels about a self-aggrandizing spirit.

First Samuel 2:3: “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.”

Next Saturday I’ll discuss a couple from the Bible to give examples of a godly relationship.