Jesus - Hope for Pride
Proverbs 16:17-2017 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil; whoever follows that path is safe. 18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. 19 Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud. 20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the LORD will be joyful.
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
There are many verses in the bible that mention the term “pride,” most of which carry a negative conotation. Can you remember the last time you encountered a prideful person? What were your feelings and emotions toward that person? Probably not very positive. Now, can you remember the last time you appeared to be a prideful person to someone else? Probably not. You see, if not intentionally checked, pride is one of those things that seems to pop up in our lives, especially when we least expect it. If we are being honest with ourselves and others, it is fair to say that we all have to make a conscience decision to deal with our own pride from time to time. The key to successfully maintaining a humble posture and avoiding a prideful spirit, like many other character traits, is proper perspective.
Jesus is our hope for pride because He holds the solution for pride. You see, at the root of our sinful nature we find pride. But Jesus came to save us from our sin; He is the solution for our sin. Whenever we make the decision to commit a sin, we are essentially making a selfish decision to put our desires for our lives before God’s desire for our lives. Furthermore, because we were born into a sinful world, a world where selfishness is in our DNA, Jesus became our answer. When Jesus died for the sins of humanity, the pride of humanity is what nailed Him to the tree. But because Jesus was raised from the dead in victory, we no longer look to overcome our pride on our own, rather we follow the one who already overcame it!
By: Pastor Kaleb