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    1 Pet 5:5-7 ...all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

    Pride is an attitude of independence from God, essentially it's leaving God out, not recognizing a need for His help. Once that attitude is given place many other dangerous attitudes will follow. Like an attitude of superiority over others or the attitude you must be treated fairly to be happy. Jesus was the living example that neither of those attitudes have a place in the heart of someone who is fully submitted to God. God hates pride because it destroys people, relationships and organizations (churches). When an attitude of independence from God is given place pride will be found in all aspects of life. We are most familiar with the forms of pride easy to identify, like boasting or arrogance, but often pride is not so easily recognizable because it looks like something else, even something good.

    Consider our text for a moment, “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble”. God's grace is something we dare not face our life without, but God is in opposition to and will not extend His grace to, the proud. As a result of that truth Peter says, “we should humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God”. To submit ourselves fully to God is the beginning of real humility. What Peter says next is what accompanies true humility. “Casting all your care upon Him”, true humility and genuine trust in God exist together. You can't truly have one without the other. Complete trust in God brings peace, because peace is the natural result of fully trusting. That's not possible where pride exists. I believe that's the reason we often explain away the peace described to us in the Bible. We don't fully submit to and trust in God because we won't fully identify and rid ourselves of pride, therefore the peace the Bible speaks of is not attainable.Ps 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Phil 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Great peace, perfect peace, the peace of God that keeps our hearts and minds are all very much within our grasp, but we say they are hardly possible, something very fleeting or temporary or something we can have, but not maintain. We say things like that because we don't want to see the pride we have given place in our hearts and lives.Great peace, perfect peace, the peace of God is what can be gained by being void of pride. True peace is worth more than all the wealth in the universe. God wants us to have it.

    Consider our great example Jesus. He is the Creator, possessing all knowledge, understanding, wisdom and power. He conceived the universe and everything in it in His mind. Then He created it by the word of His mouth from absolutely nothing. He is self-existent and needs no one, yet the Creator made Himself a servant to the creature. Consider John 13:3-5 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; he riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.The most knowledgeable, wise and powerful being in the universe, is also the most humble, think on that for a while. Jesus said in Matt 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. There is so much in those verses, I want to focus in on one thing. Jesus said, “learn of me”. That's a very perfect and careful choice of words. He said “of me” not about me. The word “of” means from, out of, by and in. Jesus wants us to learn from Him, out of Him, by Him and in Him. That's much different from learning about Him. The two most important things He wants us to learn follow His request. They are that He is meek and lowly in heart. Meek means mild of temper, soft, gentle, not easily provoked or irritated, yielding, given to forbearance. Lowly means of low degree, humble, base. The fact that Jesus says He's lowly in heart tells us that's who He is, it's at the very core of His being. To learn of that and then to possess it is to find rest unto your soul. The problem is, it leaves no room for pride.

    Pride is something we will gladly tolerate hearing about, to a point. It's something we will discuss as a general problem in the lives of others. It's even something we will admit a problem with, to a point, but it's seldom something we will see as a disease destroying our life. Pride is like a well kept lawn. Most will keep it cut back so it looks good. Though we may dislike the labor involved in keeping it cut we would never get rid of our grass completely, for a variety of reasons. Such as it would make our property look bad, it would draw unwanted attention us, people might think there's something wrong with us, etc. To get rid of grass completely you have to kill it down to the root or pull it up by the roots. Even then it will eventually grow back unless you change the environment it had to grow in. That's a good example of what we must do in order to be free from pride. We have to kill it down to the root, pull it up by the roots and change the environment it had to grow in. Most don't have the desire and won't put forth the effort to see pride fully identified and destroyed in their heart and life. The revealing of pride in ourselves and the destruction it's causing in our life is to painful a process for us to go through. Not to mention the fact eliminating pride might make our life look strange to others, draw unwanted attention to us and even cause others to think something is wrong with us. Those and many others excuses can cause a message like this to be marginalized, looked over and even rejected.

    Becoming self-centered is something our society has been pushing hard toward for a long time. Well meaning psychologists, talk show hosts and our own government have been filling our heads with ideas of entitlement. Examples of that kind of thinking can be seen everyday in professions where you deal with the public. Recently the pharmacy I work at denied a patient's request to fill a controlled substance prescription on the grounds it would be, in the pharmacist's opinion, unethical. A pharmacist is mandated by federal law to do so for a variety of reasons. When I relayed that to the patient they proceeded to tell me I was violating their constitutional rights. In a free country, such as America, going to the doctor, receiving a prescription and having it filled at a pharmacy are all privileges, not a right. We don't have a socialist government yet, but we are moving in that direction because people are becoming more self-centered all the time. Television, internet, social media and cell phones are making it easier then it has ever been before. I'm reminded of something Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Tim 3:1-2 This know also, that in the last days perilous (dangerous) times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud... When people become lovers of themselves they become dangerous to others. Loving your own self, being covetous, boasting and being proud are all signs of being self-centered.

    I think it's important to know what God thinks about human pride. So we will look at how He describes it and what He says about it's consequences in the book of Proverbs. 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. 14:3 In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them. A rod is an instrument of punishment. So the foolish in his pride with his mouth punishes himself and others, but on the lips of the wise will be found words of preservation. 15:25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. 16:18-19 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin. 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat. Again we see pride causes strife. Fat means to be enlarged in prosperity, not necessarily referring to material wealth. 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. It evident God views human pride very negatively and so should we because of how destructive it is.

    The Remedy. Phil 2:5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. The remedy is to have the mind of Christ, but that means we must empty ourselves of pride. It may be a price most are unwilling to pay.
    Last edited by alewiscii; Sep 2 2018, 08:00 PM.

  • #2

    Well said, and I can identify with pride being in my own life and nasty flesh.

    " For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
    19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
    20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. "
    ( Romans 7:18-20 )

    " [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
    17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
    18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law."
    ( Galatians 5:16-18 )

    May The Lord bless you.
    " Blessed [is the man whom] thou choosest, and causest to approach [unto thee, that] he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, [even] of thy holy temple." ( Psalm 65:4 )


    • #3

      Great series of post on pride which I am convicted. Pride goes before the fall. In the name of our Lovely and Holy Savior, Jesus Christ, I repent of my pride. I hate sin and strife that stems from my pride. Thank you, your series of post on pride is timely, not by coincidence, and edifying. May the shed blood of our redeeming Savior forgive me of my sins and have many blessings upon you.