Scripture: Read 2 Timothy 3: 2-5 “(2) For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. (3)They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. (4)They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. (5)They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that.”
Thought: Pride can destroy relationships. It can make a person unloving and unforgiving. People can betray their friends, family and even spouses to enjoy their own pleasure. Yes, there is a positive, healthy side to pride; being proud of your children or your spouse, or taking pride in your work. But looking at the destructive side of pride can have such great power to damaging our relationship with others and with God. Pride is destructive when it involves wanting too much recognition, taking too much credit, wanting your own way, thinking your way is best. Thinking too highly of oneself causes us to face the world from a selfish point of view, blinding us to our faults, which leads us to finding fault, blame, jealousy, envy and a judgmental attitude towards others. Pride is like a cancer of the soul. Beginning with a few cells of self congratulations and pats on the back; boasting or vanity, soon it grows unchecked into arrogance and conceit. Then there is no room left for the healthy cells that worship God and pursue healthy purposes. As with cancer, the key to eliminating pride is to surrender it to the surgeon’s scalpel before it has a chance to grow out of control.
Action: How about you? BE BRUTALLY HONEST WITH YOURSELF. Has pride brought conflict in your marriage? Do you perceive that you’re safer, smarter, and richer than you really are? Has pride kept you from receiving help lately? Has pride kept you from receiving your spouse’s love and God’s love? Has pride kept you from forgiving someone in your life because of a judgmental attitude? Through repentance, invite God to cleanse your heart of pride. Ask Father God to help you not to take pride in yourself, but in what Our Father wants to do in you through Jesus. Focusing on God’s life in you is a good deterrent of arrogance.
Prayer: My Father God, right now I want to confess the self importance I have placed on myself. You know more why I do these things than I do, but I don’t want to be filled with false pride, I want You to be alive in me. Please CHANGE ME LORD, so that I may focus on living the kind of life you have called me to and to share the blessings you have bestowed upon me. I surrender my pride to you today and ask for you to teach me to be humble. In Jesus Name, I pray with THANKSGIVING, Amen.