Excessively Exhalted

None of us like to think of ourselves as prideful. It is one thing to be satisfied with ourselves and to have a proper sense of our own value. It is quite another to develop a feeling and attitude of superiority to others and consider ourselves better than those around us.

Some ‘prideful’ pointers:

Do you apply the Bible’s words to your friends and family and neglect to apply them to yourself because ‘you’ don’t have that need or that problem? Note what Jesus says about that.

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with him self, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week; I give tithes of all that I possess.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. (Luke 18:10-13, KJV)

The publican most likely was a tax collector. In later days that term has come to mean a pub owner or manager. By his occupation, the man already considered himself to be unworthy.

The Pharisee, on the other hand, had the advantage of birth, schooling, and expectations of holiness. That name has come to mean self-righteous, hypocritical and sanctimonious.

Here is Paul’s attitude toward pride.

But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as loss for Christ’s sake. (Philippians 3:7, AMP)

Prayer- Lord, give us sense to see ourselves as we are. Root out any prideful part of ourselves that we might be worthy of you. Amen.

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