I thank my friend Tim, who is a member of my Sunday School Class, for inspiring today’s post. May God bless you and heal you, and bring peace to you and your family.
The Sin of Pride
What is the “worst” sin? Our answer to this question might be murder, or homosexuality. We can always turn to Scripture to find the answer.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (GNT)
There are seven things that the Lord hates and cannot tolerate:
A proud look,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill innocent people,
a mind that thinks up wicked plans,
feet that hurry off to do evil,
a witness who tells one lie after another,
and someone who stirs up trouble among friends.
Notice the first sin on the list is a proud look. We take pride in many things; our appearance, our education, our jobs, our homes, our families, our religion, and our political affiliation. We think we are doing good, and we think we can do so much for ourselves and others. Sometimes we even give some of the glory to God, but yet we still take some of the credit ourselves. We must always remember that every good and perfect gift is from God (James 1:17), that includes the talents He has given us to accomplish great things.
Pride is deadly. Pride is the sin of Lucifer that turned him into Satan. Pride is the sin that caused the Pharisees to reject Jesus as their Messiah. Pride can fool us into thinking we are more than we are.
Today was communion Sunday in our church. This is an important time for self-examination. The Scriptures help us with this process. If we stop to consider our terrible our sin is, and the price it cost our Lord to pay our sin debt, how could we ever be proud of ourselves? Yet we often are.
When we are tempted to become prideful, let us remember the words of the apostle Paul:
1 Corinthians 1:31 (NIV)
Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Regularly, we should ask the Lord to reveal to us this sin in our hearts, as we pray for humility.
James 4:6 (GNT)
But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Scripture helps us keep pride from worming its way into our lives, if we will heed God’s warning:
In 2 Chronicles 26, after King Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. He was stricken with leprosy.
Proverbs 16:18 (NIV)
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Isaiah 2:11 (NIV)
The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled and human pride brought low; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
Humility is often seen as a weakness. Actually, humility is recognizing God’s power in our lives. It is about gratitude to God. For everything.
Walk In His Light.
* Scripture taken from http://www.Biblegateway.com