Thursday, August 24

Pride

1 John 2:16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
The dictionary defines one form of pride as inordinate self-esteem. The Bible and history reveal that this kind of prideful self-esteem has caused much pain, suffering, and strife throughout human history and is no virtue. Yet, many touted experts think, and popular secular opinion seems to agree, that in materialistic self-absorbed America today low self-esteem is a problem, especially with young people. You will hear it said that teachers should be careful not to harm the self-esteem of their students. They believe America needs more of the very thing that has caused so many problems for the human race. Jesus, in the sermon on the mount, expressed a different view of prideful self-esteem. The first thing he said was…. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). The opposite of pride is humility and Jesus is saying that the humble are blessed. The Matthew Henry commentary on that verse says ….” The poor in spirit are happy…….They are humble and lowly in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and thirst after a Redeemer. The kingdom of grace is of such; the kingdom of glory is for them.” Paul also taught that humility is a characteristic of a Christian…. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love (Ephesians 4:2). Paul warned that in the last days people would be proud, boastful, and lovers of themselves (2 Timothy 3:2). A focus on self with pride is a value of the world; whereas, a focus on God with humility is a value of Christianity.

7 comments:

bluecollar said...

" a focus on God with humility is a value of Christianity."

This was an excellent post!

BTW, have you noticed in your site meter that you get visits from Tehran, Iran and Ryadh Saudi Arabia and even Sylvania Ohio?

jazzycat said...

Thanks Mark,
No, I didn't know that. I don't check all of those hits, but I was aware of an occasional visit from Sylvania, Ohio.
w.h.

Terry S said...

Hey,

Just thought you'd get a kick out of hearing this. I don't know if you know of Steven Colbert (with a silent "t".) He has a comedy cable program called the Colbert Report (also with a silent "t".)

He had a theoretical physicist, one Jana Levin, as a guest. Colbert asked her THE question: "Why is there something, rather than nothing?"

She had no answer.

You would have liked that, I think.

TLS

jazzycat said...

Terry,
I would have liked to have seen that. Dr. Kennedy in his sermon Sunday told about a Noble prize astronomer who believed the universe had to be the product of intelligent design.

You might ought to look in to that!
Anyway thanks for passing that along...

Jazzy

Steve said...

This is very well said! Humility is one of the highest virtues. Thanks!

David McCrory said...

In one sense, all sin comes in the form of pride. Whrn we sin,we have placed ourselves above God and have determined in our own mind His purposes and plan are not good enough. So we proceed with our own desires in spite of God clear teaching.

jazzycat said...

Steve and David,
Thanks for the comments and visit. Good points.
Jazzy