“Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Thought for the day:
The Hebrew word for “Pride” is “gaown” which means:
Webster’s dictionary defines pride as:
An unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth accomplishments, rank or elevation in the office which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often in contempt of others.
God hates pride, so when you exhibit pride, you set yourself in opposition against God.
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6)
The problem with pride is that it is often subtle; the proud person may not even know that he/she is exhibiting pride. It is for this reason that you should pay attention to what the people around you have to say.
Pride is often in your blindspot.
The bible says:
“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)
Everything you think you are or have you received from God, so why are you boasting?
The bible also says:
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
The following are the evils of pride:
1. It is based on falsehood; it removes God from the equation, making one think his/her distinction is due to himself/herself.
2. Pride is a manifestation of an ungrateful heart that is not mindful of the Heavenly source of all our blessings
3. Pride is ugly and offensive to the people around us
4. God condemns pride
5. Pride leads us to the place of destruction
Remember: it was pride that made Lucifer rebel against God and caused him to be thrown out of heaven.
You’re proud when you think you know everything
You’re proud when you think you are better than others
You’re proud when you do not listen to counsel
You’re proud when you cannot accept constructive criticism
You’re proud when you think you cannot learn from others
You’re proud when you do not associate with people of the lower class
You’re proud when you think you cannot do certain chores because they are too low for you
Jesus set an example for us:
– He washed the disciples’ feet
– He said the greatest among us must be a servant
– He humbled Himself even unto death on the cross
So do yourself a favour;
Meditate on these facts and come down from the high horse where you have elevated yourself!
Deliver me from the evil of pride Lord
Let me be broken before You Lord because a broken and contrite spirit You will not despise
Help me to see people through Your eyes Lord
Forbid it Lord that I should boast in my own wisdom and strength
Let me be mindful of You as the source of all my blessings and thus be grateful to You Lord, in Jesus name, Amen.
Have a blessed week!
Charles V Kaluwasha
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