“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 (ESV)
As we come to an end on Pride, lets establish exactly what Pride is once again. Pride is an inwardly directed emotion that carries two common meanings. With a negative connotation, Pride refers to an inflated sense of one’s personal status or accomplishments. We have established different “forms” of Pride and that Pride can be both subtle and expressive. As we bring the topic of Pride to a close, we will see how Pride takes pride in not being one thing but not removing it in another area.
There are thieves that pride themselves on the fact that they don’t kill. Also, there are verbal abusers that pride themselves on the fact that they are not physical abusers. Pride comes in many different disguises attacking the heart and mind and making them enemies of one another. Pride doesn’t exist silently, in fact if it did that would be against its very purpose for existing. Pride has to find a dwelling place. Without a place to exist, its hard for Pride to operate outside of its target. While Pride is amongst one of the sins that God hates, He still provides a way for us to be released from its power and hold. In Isaiah 57:15 (ESV) it says, “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” God does not desire for us to be lost in sin but to be connected to Him and to call on Him in the good and the bad. God even goes on to say that He can hide us from Pride. In Job 33:16-17 (ESV) it reads, “then he opens the ears of men and terrifies them with warnings, that he may turn man aside from his deed and conceal pride from a man.” This love that God provides for His people is not one of selfishness but clearly one that is unconditional.
Pride has the ability to tear down a home, family, friendships and also a person. If God provides the blueprint and also the “medication” in which we can use to fight off the enemy, why do we work against God and not with Him. One of the hardest things to do is to look at yourself and admit that you have a problem with Pride. But, its at that point where you are understanding the “things have to be revealed then healed” concept. The process of you approaching God, asking Him for help and God answering you by doing exactly what He promised in His word begins to take place. There is no greater love than the love that Christ provides for His people. I challenge you today, to ask God to reveal to you “areas” where you need to change and improve but allow Him the lead in the restoring process. For our help is in the Lord!
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