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October 10, 2017, 5:00 AM

Would you say pride is clouding your judgment when it comes to your priorities, respect for authority and current pace of life?


When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble there is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

What is pride?  We all recognize it when we see it. Prideful people have an inflated opinion of themselves.  They presume their thoughts, opinions and ways are always right.  Pride rejects and resents wise instruction and correction. Let’s be honest: prideful people get on our nerves. But, what is pride, really? Pride is self-delusion!  Pride happens when we demand the status and position only reserved for God.  Pride happens the moment we refuse to acknowledge our dependence upon God. We think that unlike other people we are immune to the crash and can handle everything that comes our way.

 

Yet, consider today’s words from Proverbs. Pride is not just an annoying character trait.  It brings disgrace and, eventually, destruction. If we choose pride, and refuse to humble ourselves before God, He will oppose us. Most of us do not set out to be prideful and self-centered.  Our intention is to be good.  However, it is our direction, not our intention, that determines our destination. Pride is one of the traits that causes us to continue to push. Why do the humble have wisdom?  It is because the humble do not trust their motives and tremble before God’s Word.  They take correction, quickly confess their mistakes and alter their lives accordingly.  In sharp contrast, the proud deceive themselves into ignoring the reality of their conduct and rush headlong onto a path of destruction.

 

What is your direction?  Are you on a prideful path?  You must examine yourself closely.  Identify the seeds of pride in your life and root them out quickly and completely.  Seek after God in such a way that your life is changed because you are being formed more closely in His image. Would you say pride is clouding your judgment when it comes to your priorities, respect for authority and current pace of life? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, give me eyes to see my prideful ways and ears to hear wise advice and counsel.  Lord help me root out the pride in my life and keep me from disgrace.  I acknowledge my complete and total dependence upon You and humble myself before You.  Jesus grant me the resolve to actively take a posture of humility so that I might gain wisdom and be formed more closely in Your image.  In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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