[e-Devotionals] 2003-11-05 - Pride

Fatal Distractions Series, Part 2

The Antidote to Pride

“Pride lands you flat on your face; but those who are humble will be honored.” Proverbs 29: 23 (New Century)

“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.” Philippians 2: 3 (New Living)

“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (New Living)

Who comes to mind when you think of a humble person?

What does being humble mean to you?

Many equate humbleness and meekness with weakness. Having humility is not about being a doormat to the world. We need to balance a healthy self-esteem with a non self depreciating form of humility. We can be self-confident, yet humble. Healthy self esteem can be balanced with Godly humbleness.

Humility Paves the Way to Eternal Life

“You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3: 12 (Today’s English)

Surrender and submission are not words that we associate with being strong and sensible people. Our PRIDE tells us that we are in control, we are in charge and we can do life on our own. When we have this attitude we are in essence “playing God.” We are calling the shots and depending on no one but ourselves. Our pride builds a huge wall between us and God.

Humility tears down this wall of pride. When we finally surrender our lives to God we find peace. Most of us gladly let God into parts of our lives. Here God, take this and I will keep that. God loves us and wants all of our lives, not just part here and a piece there.

What areas of your life has pride prevented you from fully surrendering to God?

Own Your Own

Be deliberate this week in honest self examination. Ask God to illuminate the pride in your life and help a healthy humble attitude overcome the pride filled areas.

David Massey

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