- Since I have been primarily focusing on the current love attribute for the week, I haven’t thought much about what was the one coming up next. But as I sit to write about this #5 attribute of “not being proud”, I have to chuckle to myself. One of the scripture’s I kept hearing over and over in my mind yesterday was “and all your righteousness acts are like filthy rags” ( Isaiah 64:6b). Fairly fitting. Timely. For dealing with this “arrogant and proud” week.
Our #5 1 Corinthians 13 “Love it up” attribute this week is: “LOVE IS NOT PROUD”.
- Webster’s defines the word, “Proud or prideful”, for us:
- having or showing a high or excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance.
- having or displaying feelings of scorn for what is regarded as beneath oneself.
- Friends, here are some like minded words for “proud/prideful”, to further expand our mission this week (In other words these are the DO NOT do’s for this week):.
conceited, egotistic, cool, high and mighty, lordly, lofty, vain, self important, puffed up, presumptuous,know it all, domineering, superiorAnd to follow up with some words opposite to being prideful (which is what we want to be-in other words DO these this week!):
- humble, lowly, modest, submissive, compliant, yielding
Of all the like minded words of “prideful”, the words, “know it all and superior”, were highlighted in my spirit. Questions which beg for difficult answers are, “Do I respond to criticism and someone telling me I have hurt them in some way with the attitude of, ‘Well, I only responded in that way because of…..’?” “Has blaming others become habit?” Bottom line being I am right. I know what’s what. And it is always someone else’s problem. Hmmmm. Not fun questions to ponder over coffee and scones.
Of all the opposites to “proud or prideful”, the word “modest” jumped out to me. Our last week’s attribute, “to not boast”, is so similar to this week’s attribute. Many of the opposite words like “humility” are the same, as well as the like minded words. But while “boasting” requires an outward change, the prideful spirit is requiring an inward change. A mindset change. A changing work of the Spirit. To be modest and humble in heart is our goal.
I am already convicted with this love attribute of pride. I am convicted about the good things I am doing in response to God’s Word and His Spirit’s leading. Not because what I’m doing is wrong, but my heart behind my obedience is off. We should be obedient to God and His Word. But we shouldn’t have a prideful, “wow, I’ve got this Christian thing down” heart attitude when we do. I am reminded again that nothing I do makes me righteous. It is only Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross which makes me righteous before God. And I know this. But sometimes. Okay maybe more times than I would like. I forget.
So this week does not seem to involve any outward actions on my part. The pride battle within ourselves unfortunately is much of what Jesus was so frustrated with the Pharisee’s about. But Jesus knew the ticket to removing pride:
Get. Over. Yourself. And Get. Under. God.
Quotes/Verses to say NO to the prideful spirit this week:
- Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.…Proverbs 16:18-19
- Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Philippians 2:3
- “As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.” C.S. Lewis
- “All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.” Sophocles
- “It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.” John Ruskin
- “Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. ” C.G. Jung
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