THE PRIDE OF LIFE
1 John 2:15-17 (16)
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. (NIV)
The pride of life is when we boast about what we do for a living and the benefits that come with it. It could refer to the arrogance derived from being praised for what we possess. The world judges people based on their status—the rich are honoured, and the poor are sidelined. But according to our Bible reading, we must not love the world or be moved by its principles, because when we dwell on human wisdom, pride is bound to set in.
Jesus said in Luke 12:15, a man’s life does not depend on his possessions. Yet, people make wealth a priority and brag about it. Whenever we take pleasure in our skills, body structure, and other earthly glories, it is the pride of life. Paul said, “If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves.” (Galatians 6:3–4). He further advised that whoever compares himself with another person is not wise (2 Corinthians 10:12). I encourage you to desist from depending on physical strength and fix your gaze on eternity because therein lies the reward of our existence.
Hymn: Into My Heart — Harry D. Clarke (1924)
- Lord, I release everything in my possession to You. Please, take all the glory!
- Holy Ghost, please give me an answer to every question in my life and in the spirit realm.
- Lord, please erase my sorry state and restore me to everlasting joy.
- Please pray for our ministry and the Church of God, globally.
YOU SHALL NEVER LOSE YOUR REWARD
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