When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 NIV
Pride and Anger produce a lethal combination that prevent forming healthy relationships with God and others. Our ability to express anger was given to us because God knew of the injustice that would be prevalent because of sin. Even so, when we allow our emotions to overtake our rational thought processes, it is then that we seek to destroy.
The desire to convince others of the truth or to stand for what is right, by any means necessary, always results in a loss. Although we may know the situation is full of error, once we have expressed God’s truth, we must stand down and let God through his Holy Spirit take over and resolve the situation. The choice that we make is an indication of whether we are filled with humility or pride.
Pride is a consequence of sin: Pride produces chaos that injures the bearer and the recipient. Isaiah 14 describes the reason for the Fall of Lucifer; he became so impressed by his own qualities and abilities, his beauty, intelligence, status, and power, which were gifted by God, that he desired the honor and glory that only belonged to God. The angels that were impressed by Lucifer’s pride also suffered the consequences of being cast down from heaven (Revelation 12:7-9), and their fate along with Satan, the fearless leader of the sinful, is one of total destruction (Revelation 20:9-10).
There is a thought process that does not have a biblical basis, that a Believer possesses “Righteous indignation.” God admonishes us against the sins of pride, arrogance, self-seeking recognition and inappropriate anger. When we possess these sinful characteristics, they are certain to impact our lives by only producing negative consequences and an ungodly character.
In order to possess humility, we must establish a deep relationship with Christ. Our inherent sinful natures propel us toward choosing the ungodly characteristics of pride and anger. Who doesn’t love to be right?
The right choice is to heed and obey the Word of God, by seeking knowledge and praying for wisdom.
Verses for today: Proverbs 2:6; Galations 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:32
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask forgiveness for the sins of pride and anger. It is our desire to possess a character that is godly and one that reflects your character and love. Please teach us humility and give us the strength to become clean vessels, so we may be used by you. This prayer we ask in the worthy name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019