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Pride 2

I have a problem with pride. We all have a problem with it, even Christians. We must never stop battling it. It is easy to recognize it in others. We are more than willing to do that but do we recognize it in ourselves and see the damage it does? Do we see how repulsive it is in others? Do we see how repulsive it is in ourselves? Do we see how it drives people away from us? Do you know people that have fallen from high positions? You can be certain there was pride involved.

Proverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

1 Timothy 3:1-6: This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

The following scriptures and quotes are found in The Overcoming Life by D. L. Moody.

Proverbs 21:4: An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

Proverbs 16:5: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 28:25: He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Proverbs 13:10: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

Moody: People have an idea that it is just the wealthy who are proud. But go down some of the back streets, and you will find that some of the very poorest are as proud as the richest. It is the heart, you know. People that haven*t any money are just as proud as those that have. We have got to crush it out. It is an enemy.

Colossians 3:12a: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, . . .

1 Peter 5:5-6: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Matthew 5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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