An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pride Defined

(Proverbs 16:18 KJV)  Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

What is “pride” (1347b)?  The parallel structure here gives us a definition as a “haughty” (1363) “spirit” (7307).  Picture someone looking down their nose at the world and possibly you in particular.  It doesn’t always need to be super obvious.  It can be a quiet disregard for others.  It can be a subtle positioning that makes sure that you get the first and the best.  This might be the person who goes to the grocery store and rearranges the shelves so that the item will be hidden until they can get back to claim it.  This could be the person who hides a certain food item at home to make sure that it is available for their personal use.  The other person may never be aware but they are being looked down on.

Jesus made it clear in His teaching on turning the other cheek.  Paul expresses it in the Love Chapter of I Corinthians 13 but more simply in Philippians
(Philippians 2:3-4 KJV)  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
So?  Who rules in your heart?  Jesus wants to be first.  He demands that we have a servant mentality, not acts like lords of the manor. 

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