Signs of Pride
Posted on May 10, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
A few years ago I had to speak truth to someone. (At least that’s what I told myself.) I remember thinking “this is a good thing” because my friend “needs” to be shown this area of possible blindness in her life. It never occurred to me that the Lord wanted to show me about a blind spot in my own heart as well.
Proverbs 15:33 reads, “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”
The Lord showed me a pride in my heart that was lurking around the corner, out of sight, feeling pretty good about itself.
Romans 6:13 “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin as instruments of wickedness but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and offer the parts of your body to Him as instruments of righteousness.”
That morning I offered my tongue as an instrument of righteousness rather than for any form of wickedness. In speaking to my friend as I had, I may have done a good thing, but I didn’t necessarily do the better thing. I had weighed a deed done, judged it, and spoken my thoughts concerning it. From Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 2:3 I read ,“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance – for the Lord is a God who knows and by Him deeds are weighed.” Was it coincidence that all of this was in my morning devotions? I think not. Who am I to weigh the thoughts, deeds and heart of any other person?
Only God has the power to know the thoughts and intents of my heart or yours and His call is for us to daily examine our life for anything that exalts itself above the knowledge of Him.
My question for you:
Do you see signs in your own life of a prideful heart? What is the fruit that has been produced by it?
Written by Stephanie Paul: Stephanie served on staff at America’s Keswick as Women of Character Director. She is married to Sesky; together they have 2 adult children.
Think About This: “”It could be a sign of pride in your life if a word of reproof or admonition is not able to be received with the same grace, whether it be given by the poorest of saints or the most educated person.” – John Bunyan
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. – 2 Corinthians 7:1
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.