Character Development Series
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
As time moves forward, the hope of receiving a second stimulus check is rapidly weakening. While an ongoing tug-of-war ensues, individuals continue to suffer from the devastation of the crash of the economy and the loss of family and friends from the COVID-19 virus. Broken promises, limited monies, unemployment, a global health crisis, escalation of hatred, grief, and hurricanes that destroyed homes filled with precious memories are just a few of the everyday hardships that bind us together into one race.
Remember, that Humanity has more likenesses than differences!
Psychologists are reaching out by providing online articles that teach coping skills for dealing with loss, broken promises, and understanding the bad behavior exhibited by those in leadership positions. There is a crisis that extends beyond the personal feelings of “Despair and Desperation.” We are in a dilemma that reveals the limitations of human capabilities. Strategies, recommendations, and enforcement by politicians and health-care professionals have resulted in further hostility and rebellion, and the proclamation of the violation of constitutional rights.
Most of us live under a state of Democracy, and are not willing to adhere to the dictates of those we elected, nor will we give in to the reality that we are powerless. And that is the mistake of embracing and harboring humanity’s second most outstanding enemy, Pride! Pride proliferates from a seed into a forest of twisted branches and dominates every thought, behavior, and action of its victims. Every intentional act that results in a negative outcome is fueled by Pride. Thinking only of oneself has resulted in homes where family members are forced to swim in a daily sea of unhappiness. The “I” concept produces the selfish and enduring love of oneself, which creates a toxic/unhealthy environment for all involved.
Believer Alert: We are not exempt from possessing the Sin of Pride.
Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished. Proverbs 16:5
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
The Bible is God’s Voice to humanity. Throughout the scriptures, God warns us against Pride. The Sin of Pride eventually destroys those who love and nurture this unnecessary evil. Yes, many innocent victims suffer the consequences of decisions based on Pride. At some point, most of us have fallen prey to this sinister enemy. Have you ever insisted on having your way, even if it resulted in hurting your family and friends?
Pride always produces defiance! Pride is a powerful enemy that exhibits itself externally. Just look at the face and body posture of someone who is having a prideful moment. They possess a defensive stance as if preparing for battle. Pride has no boundaries or limitations, the mannerisms exhibited and the words expressed are always for the detriment of others.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Romans 12:16
We are not compelled to possess the character trait of Pride that even God despises. If you insist on having your way at the expense of others or always thinking of yourself as the ultimate authority based on your knowledge, social status, job position, etc., make an immediate change by letting go of this ungodly character trait that kills compassion, and the love for others.
God has promised to work with us when we decide to rid ourselves of our character defects. He tells us, “Blessed are the meek (humble), for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5. Do not be concerned about the viewpoint that “kindness is a weakness.” God blesses us, and He honors those who bow to humility. It takes our most extraordinary efforts to resist the stronghold of Pride. Even so, we can and will overcome when Human Effort + Divine Intervention work together in harmony.
The struggle of Pride is real. But we can be assured that if God causes everything to work out for our good, He will give us the victory over the Sin of Pride.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and turn away from evil.…Proverbs 3:5-7
Bible Reading: Proverbs 16
God, we confess that we have embraced Pride’s sin and have hurt others and ourselves by doing so. We ask for forgiveness and ask you to teach us how to be humble. We desire to rid ourselves of all character defects as we prepare ourselves for your Second Coming. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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