“But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!” (Jeremiah 9:24, NLT).

We all want to be seen as valued for who we are and what we’ve accomplished but often feel unappreciated. So we sometimes brag about ourselves, whether or not we can take the credit. Even worse is acting inappropriately to get attention. But boasting about knowing God is the only good boasting and should always be done in humility and with the understanding that we can only know him through the proverbial dark glass.

The second part of the verse might be a problem, because as usual, when we read that God delights in justice and righteousness, we either think of our own righteousness or what he will do to others. But the justice and righteousness he delights in are his own, which are given to us in Jesus, who is the personification of both. Through his death and resurrection and our acceptance of his forgiveness, to which he leads us through his kindness and grace, he imputes (attributes or ascribes) his righteousness to us. Now that’s something to brag about!

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