AM I PROUD?
Proverbs 21:4 – Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin. (NLT)
If you have met highly prominent people, you will agree that they are mostly calm and humble in conduct. Christ is a good example. Despite being the son of God, He was never arrogant but mingled with all manner of people (Mark 2:13-17). On the contrary, it is those who have little or nothing that wears the necklace of pride and make the loudest noise (Psalm 73:6). Therefore, pride is a sign of obscurity, and the consequence is destruction (Proverbs 16:18).
The proud also exaggerate and disremember God while bragging about their possessions (Psalm 120:2). When King Nebuchadnezzar boasted about his achievements, God humbled him so that he lost his sanity and lived like an animal for seven years. After his restoration, Nebuchadnezzar honoured the Lord (Daniel 4:28-37). As seen in our Bible reading, a proud heart is sinful, and the worst thing that can happen to a fellow is to be divinely rejected because God resists the proud (James 4:6).
Beloved, it is possible to be proud and not know! No one can see his or her back except through a mirror. We must always examine ourselves and our actions. Talk to people who can give you sincere advice and not deceivers who flatter for personal gains (Proverbs 28:23). Above all, ask for the help of the Holy Spirit and tread softly. Often, there are strength, wisdom and meekness in silence! (Proverbs 17:28)
Hymn: Are You Washed – Elisha A. Hoffman (1878)
1. Holy Spirit, be my mirror and uproot every seed of pride in me.
1. Chains of profitless labour and disfavour, binding my destiny, break!
2. Oppression and struggle of my father’s house, limiting how far I should go, expire!
3. Father, please do a new thing in my life, family, nation and the church.
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