Beware of Pride!

 

‘Pride goes before destruction.’ Proverbs 16:18 NKJV

Think about some common sources of pride: the car you drive, your new phone, the number of Facebook friends, places you’ve been, selfies with celebs, grades you’ve earned. You’ve worked hard to get to where you are, but look out, pride can sneak in. Paul asks, ‘Who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?’ (1 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV) So what should you do?

(1) Examine your belief system about who you are, what you have, and what you can do.

Jesus said, ‘Without Me you can do nothing.’ (John 15:5 NKJV) Remind yourself: ‘I’m just the glove; God’s the hand that fills it.’

(2) Focus more on others than on yourself.

The saying—‘When a person is all wrapped up in themselves, they make a pretty small package’—is true. ‘Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.’ (Philippians 2:4 NKJV)

(3) Respect and value everyone you meet regardless of their money, social status, race, gender, or other factor.

When you walk in humility, people respect you and don’t suspect you of having selfish motives. The Bible says: ‘These… things the Lord hates… a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.’ (Proverbs 6:16–19 NKJV) Today, beware of pride.

SoulFood: Neh 5–7, Mark 12:1–12, Ps 78:40–55, Prov 24:1–4

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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