Day Twenty-Seven – Oh Pride
“Pride leads to conflict” (Proverbs 13:10a).
There are two things that lead to fighting. The first is pride. Pride leads to quarrelling and fights. Just like we learned from our study on James earlier, pride can be defined as self-focus. When we find ourselves preoccupied with ourselves more than we are others we probably have a pride problem.
The cure? Serving others. We must readjust our thoughts and minds to think of others more than ourselves. We must serve others considering their best. Jesus is the perfect example to learn from. Philippians 2:5-11 says this of Jesus:
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The only One in the history of the world who would have a right to be prideful is Jesus who lived a perfect sinless life. He was 100% man and 100% God yet He chose humility in all things. God then lifted Him up. We need to learn from Him in dealing with others. We do not need to assert our way but humble ourselves to let others have their way. God will work the rest out.
In the Christian life the way up is down. It is all completely different than the world’s ways. The world will tell you to step on others to get your way. That is not God’s way. Follow Christ’s example and you will get farther than you know.
Practice humility today. Instead of insisting on your way or choices when relating to your sibling(s) humble yourself and do what they want to do.
Catch your children humbling themselves and make an effort to praise their effort. Encourage them to continue in the way of Jesus.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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