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by on September 11, 2023
Pride, it is something we all wrestle with on a daily bases, but many times it goes unnoticed by us. So often we share our opinions on social media platforms, as well as in conversations with family and friends, that are rooted in pride.
How is pride defined? Pride is defined as;
A sense of one’s own proper dignity or value; self-respect.
Pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement, possession, or association.
Arrogant or disdainful conduct or treatment; haughtiness.
Did you know that our own judgement of others in the world around us is rooted in pride itself. We are constantly judging such things as; politicians, celebrities, organizations, activists, ministries, businesses, to the wealthy and the poor, homosexuals, prostitutes, murderers, thieves, liars, child molesters, rapist, and whatever else we have a strong disdain for. We truly forget that we too have our own shortcomings.
Sure, we may not go about committing murder, but how many of us hate someone in the broad list above? I am not referring to their evil practices or corrupt ideologies in which you are right in hating, but the people themselves. Jesus said, “But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be answerable to the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be answerable to the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.” He also said, “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may prove yourselves to be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
How about your disdain for homosexuals, rapist, child molesters, prostitutes, and porn stars? Sure, their sins are on display for all the world to see, but what about the thoughts that go on in your mind? Jesus said this, “but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” The thoughts and desires we have, even if we never act upon them, are still sin.
Consider this for a moment. If Jesus suddenly appeared to you and asked, “What should I do with all the homosexuals?” and you say, “Destroy them!” instead of, “Have mercy upon them Lord, and soften their hearts to repentance.” what do you think He will do to you for your own fornications whether in thought or deed? If you read 2 Samuel chapter 12 you will see a similar situation take place. David, “a man after God’s own heart”, may not have taken a pet lamb from another family and cooked it up for his visitor, but he did something very similar to that. David’s own strong opinion and judgement was turned back around on him and he suffered greatly. Jesus mentioned this in His Sermon on the Mount, “Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.” He also said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”
This all goes back to our pride though. We so often get angry by the corruption and evil around us, constantly being reminded of it all by social media posts and news outlets, that we can not help but give into the temptation of voicing our opposition against it all. Notice I used the word “temptation” there. It is very tempting to give an opinion on what others do, but we need to remember that only God is good and perfect. By His standards we are all wicked sinners in desperate need of intercession and intervention. We may not think so, but consider the corrupt politicians, judges, and even some ministers, do they see themselves as wicked sinners? Most likely not.
We must spend our time “working out our salvation with fear and trembling” as the apostle Paul once wrote. Jesus said, “And because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will become cold. But the one who endures to the end is the one who will be saved.” That all means to do good towards others even if you do not like their lifestyle or behavior patterns.
What if God only did good things for those He saw as holy and perfect in all their ways? I dear to say the earth would resemble a dark and dry wasteland. For rain, water, and sunlight are blessings from God that He pours out on all people despite their actions, thoughts, or desires. You might say, “Well, I’m not God or Jesus Christ” as I have heard some people say. To that, let me remind you that Jesus said this, “Therefore you shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Strive to follow Jesus by applying His words to your life and social activities. Do not let the temptation of pride overtake you, causing you to pass a railing judgement on others. For it is written, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.” Walk in humility and meekness. Praying for your enemies, as well as yourself, that God will change their hearts as well as our own.
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