Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pride -1

Pride = Pride is at the root of all sin. Conceit, egotism, vanity, vainglory, over ones own appearance or status in life or in the church.  It's an inwardly emotion that can easily offend others and carries with it a connotation that displays an inflated sense of ones own worth or personal status and typically makes one feel a sense of superiority over others and can easily make someone look down at others.

James 4:6  "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

James 4:10  Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up."

Philippians 2:3  "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."

Proverbs 8:13  "The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate."

Proverbs 11:2  "When pride comes, then comes shame, but with humility is wisdom."

Proverbs 13:10  "By pride comes nothing but strife."

Proverbs 16:5  "Everyone proud in heart, is an abomination to the Lord."

Proverbs 16:18  "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall."

Proverbs26:12  "Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him."

Proverbs 27:2  "Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips."

Proverbs 29:3  "A mans pride will bring him low."

God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  I think everyone has been hit with the sin of pride, arrogance, conceit, whatever you want to call it.  It has several names and they all come under the one word pride.  Thinking we are better than others, more talented than others or that we are the only ones that can do a thing right.  No one else has our capability, when there might be many others that could do the job even better if given the opportunity.

I am ashamed to say that I have been there and done that and it absolutely will bring a person to a low estate.  It causes strife, it brings shame, God hates the sin of pride, I'm sure He hates all sin, but evidently pride is at the top of the list.  So let others praise you and not your own mouth, even a stranger and not your own lips.  If we hang on to it, it will bring us down to a low level.  So let it go, and forfeit the opportunity to be brought down to a low level.  Grandma Joan

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