by: FCC Staff
One of the most overlooked sins in our culture is the sin of pride. Whether it is in our nation, or communities or ourselves, pride is on full display, and it can be like a blindfold that keeps us from examining our ways before God and out relationships with others.
The word that is translated at “haughty” speaks of an attitude of superiority, of being higher, better than, or even the best. Haughty is hardly a word that gets used in our daily conversations, but the idea of a narcissistic, out of control ego certainly isn’t foreign to our culture or our daily lives.
And Jesus was very much opposed to the pridefulness of our hearts. While he taught on many issues of sin, when Jesus would speak or demonstrate his opposition to pride, they were some of the fieriest and impassioned sayings of Jesus. In Mark 18:38-40 we read,
“And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
So whether it was his own disciples arguing about who would be the greatest in the kingdom, or Peter thinking he knows better than the will of the Father (to which Jesus replied, “get behind me, Satan!”) the scribes, Pharisees… wherever Jesus encountered pride, he opposed it, vehemently.
The disciples eventually understood these teachings, after seeing Jesus’ victory over sin, death and hell. Both James 4:6-7 and 1 Peter 5:5 quote Proverbs 3:34 “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” This wasn’t just a theory for these men anymore. They had seen, and even experienced themselves the strong opposition God has towards pride.
And our proverb for today points out some reasons that God is so opposed to pride, and why that “haughty spirit” makes the list of things God hates (Proverbs 6:17) Pride and arrogance lead to destruction and a falling away from God. From Satan, to Adam, Eve and down on to us today, pride brings chaos, destruction and a separation from the will of God.
God is so opposed to pride, because it leads to our destruction. He doesn’t want to see anyone perish outside His will (2 Peter 3:9) We all know John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We love that verse, we plaster it all over everything. But there is more, right in the following verse 17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
If we can humbly hear these words, and apply the wisdom of our proverb today we can be wise, and avoid destruction and falling away from God. After all, the famous 3:16 verse, and 21 other verses of teaching we so treasure from the 3rd chapter of John comes from a time Jesus spent one-on-one time with a Pharisee… one who would humbly listen and be taught by him. Jesus doesn’t want to leave us like he finds us. He wants to lead us in wisdom and avoid our destruction. Pride says we can find our own way. Humility says, I’ll trust Jesus to show me.
Prayer for Today
Father thank you for loving me enough to correct me and teach me your ways. Drive pride out of my heart and keep my spirit focused on you. Jesus, teach me the will of your Father, that I may avoid the temptation to believe I know best. By your Holy Spirit, show me how pride has blinded me in my walk with you. Amen.