gloat (glōt); verb; to feel or express great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction.
- Did your guy or gal win in the elections yesterday?
- Did you get your way with the results from yesterday’s voting?
- Did that co-worker who has been talkin’ political smack for weeks get squashed by the stats last night?
- Do you feel a hint of self-righteous vindication and self-satisfaction welling up?
- Do you have a bit of an ache within you for the coming weeks to pass quickly so you can watch those you helped lift up get to work their will?
Then remember: this verse could very well be the passage of Scripture you need most today and could be the one most immediately relevant to your living life as God would have it:
“You should not gloat over your brother in the day of his misfortune … nor boast so much in the day of their trouble.” (Obadiah 12)
Go and see what this means. For it is certainly the way of our Lord for us.
“… you should treat people in the same way that you want people to treat you; this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7.12)