Pride

 

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished(Prov. 16:5), he has deceived himself in thinking he is something (Galatians 6:3)and there is more hope for a fool than for the one who is wise in his own eyes(Prov. 26:12). Pride brings disgrace (Prov. 11:2), destruction (Prov. 16:18), blindness (Prov. 30:12), foolishness (Romans 1:22) and corruption (1 Corinthians 5:6). “Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride (Prov. 21:24) and he leads others astray (Prov. 10:17), does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise (Prov. 15:12). The Lord abundantly repays the one who acts in pride (Psalm 31:23) and tears down his house (Prov. 15:25). Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin (Proverbs 21:4), for Christ said “whoever would be great among you must be your servant”(Mark 10:43) and “whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted”(Matt 23:12).

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” – Proverbs 12:15

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” – 2 Corinthians 10:17,18

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” – Acts 20:24

Pride in myself and my life has been on my heart lately. God has given us so much wisdom on the destruction caused by pride, and we need to be careful not to follow the paths of fools who reject His word. Only with humility can we hope to please God and make any changes that He would require of our lives or beliefs. Our minds need to be God-centered and open to His infinitely higher thoughts and ways and we need to be able to say with Paul that we do not account our lives of any value so that we may sacrifice everything for Him.

I plan to write a more in-depth post focusing on humility, but in the meantime let’s ask ourselves: is there pride in our heart when:

-we don’t receive instruction, advice, exhortation, rebuke or confrontation that is Biblical and correct?

-we don’t receive the truth of His word?

-we refuse to admit wrong? Have difficulty apologizing and asking for forgiveness?

-we are swift to blame?

-we are content with our spiritual progress and state and not eager to make changes?

-we take offense easily?

-we feel entitled to many things: rest, time off, money, possessions, praise, happiness?

-we can’t cope with life not going as we planned?

-we don’t defer to God when making plans in life, whether small or big?

-we grumble when inconvenienced?

-we fail to give others the benefit of the doubt?

-we are quick to speak and slow to listen?

-we esteem the things of this life and our own logic above pleasing God, obeying His commands and seeking to serve Him and boast in Him only?

Side Note/Food for thought/Extra Credit: Do you mean what you say when you use the phrase “I’m so proud of ___”?

“and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”- Matthew 3:17

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