Saturday, September 27, 2014

False Positive

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18

I believe one of the most dangerous sins is pride. The reason why I believe it is so dangerous is because it sneaks up on us. Let me correct myself, it “appears” to sneak up upon us but the reality is pride is an attitude of the heart and it can blind us from the dangers that can seriously impact our life.

We don’t just wake up in the morning and realize that we are prideful. Instead it is the condition of the heart because of our fallen nature and is embedded into each human walking on planet earth.

On the other hand, one of the most beautiful attitudes of the heart is humility. Everyone is attracted to humility – even God is attracted to true humility! The Bible says in James 4:6, “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

I believe one of the reasons God is opposed to the proud is because it gives the person a false positive.  It appears to the person that everything is going great, when God knows and most likely others know that just the opposite is occurring.

Pride NEVER results in a positive. In fact, the Bible says that pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18) – OUCH!

The good news is stated in James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” God’s favor reaches out to us in love and in spite of our human shortcomings, He gives us worth and dignity!

“Proud people take little account of their weaknesses and do not anticipate stumbling blocks. They think they are above the frailties of common people. In this state of mind they are easily tripped up. Ironically, proud people seldom realize that pride is their problem, although everyone around them is well aware of it. Ask someone you trust whether self-satisfaction has blinded you to warning signs. He or she may help you avoid a fall.” Commentary

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