The Effects of Pride

 

Watering the Tulips

August 1, 2012

 

“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall”Proverbs 16:18

 

Most of us are familiar with the verse before us today.  Yet, pride seems to be an issue almost everywhere we turn – even in Christendom.  Grace should teach us just the opposite of pride.  Understand, grace can simply be defined as “getting what you don’t deserve”.  Knowing that, what do we have to be prideful about?  Paul reminded those arrogant Christians at Corinth of the same thing when he said, For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7).  As children of God, we do not glory in ourselves.  Our boast must always be in Christ. 

 

So, why do we see such prideful attitudes even among those that understand that grace is a free gift of a Sovereign God?  Simply, we’ve done quite the poor job of applying the knowledge that God has given.  When we glory, we are to glory in the Lord (1 Corinthians 1:31).  We, as believers, are not working to earn our salvation.  We serve the Lord out of a gracious heart because He has saved us from our sins.  It is our honor and privilege to serve God Who saved our soul through the sacrifice of His perfect Son. 

 

The Bible is certainly full of examples of pride.  In these examples, our text verse continues to ring true.  Certainly, Satan was originally a beautiful cherub.  He was created as such by God.  He was unfallen in the Garden of Eden until he fell through pride (Ezekiel 28:11-19).  Certainly, because of his pride, he will ultimately be destroyed. 

 

Jesus taught a parable of a rich man that took much pride in the work of his hands.  The man looked at all he had done without considering it was the blessing of God.  While looking over the abundance that God had given him, he concluded that he had made it all happen.  He intended to tear down the barns on his farm and build bigger barns to hold all of the produce he thought he had produced.  “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’”(Luke 12:20).  Certainly, the main application of this parable is covetousness, which is the younger brother of pride.  However, we certainly can see the pride in the rich man’s heart just before judgment is pronounced. 

 

Child of God, let us see the effects of pride in the Bible and flee from it.  May we always see that pride brings destruction.  Take note, even the truths of God’s Word can be held up in a prideful manner and this is unacceptable.  In His first advent, Jesus came as a Servant.  This is our Example today.  Certainly, we see this pattern followed by the apostles and early churches.  If we are to be faithful Christians, we must eject all pride from our attitudes and glory in Christ’s work of reconciliation alone!

 

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