Arrogant Pride

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Daily Reading: Nehemiah 1:1-3:14 1 Corinthians 7:1-24 Psalm 31:19-24 Proverbs 21:4

Daily Verse: “Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.” Prov. 21:4

Arrogant pride.

At the root of all sin, pride lurks. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines pride well:

Inordinate self-esteem: an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.

Selfishness and pride go hand in hand. Pride demands its own way, not caring about the other person’s needs.  Selfishness puts our needs before anyone else’s. Both put the spotlight on us, leaving out God and others.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Phil. 2:3-4

Becoming more like Christ means taking a back seat to pride, letting go of our selfish desires, and putting the interests of others before us. God created us equal; we should live that way.

Lord, forgive us for our prideful ways. Help us see others as You see them. Let us serve You well as we put ourselves last and others first. Humble us when we need humbled, and keep us on the straight and narrow. IJNIP. Amen

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