The Pride the bible warns us about?

I believe pride is the product of thinking like the world. The church speaks a lot about pride.  Enough so it has kept my head spinning for years.  But I think we have made it too complicated.  This morning I woke up and came to this simple conclusion.

Pride is simply believing you’re  better  than someone else. As soon as you find yourself looking down on another person for whatever reason that is pride. You’ll know because gossip, belittling, and accusing words soon follow.

When we really love, like the biblical love, we see others as our brothers and sisters. Equal and of great value. Every person having God given gifts, talents, and purpose.

If we believe that some people are important, than we must also believe others are unimportant.

A couple of my favorite verses on pride.

For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not. 1 Cor. 4:7

The Pharisees’ Pride kept them from acknowledging and accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  They had the,  “I know better than God,”  kind of Pride.

I enjoy this story of the Pharisees and the blind man.  Jesus had opened the eyes of the blind man. Now they were questioning him.  As he was sharing his testimony, about Jesus, the Pharisee immediately started gossiping, belittling, and accusing him.  Followed by, “who are you to tell us.” And then they threw him out.

I’ve lived this myself, got the T-shirt in fact, and I am sure I am not the only one by simply sharing my testimony as we are instructed to do.

30The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.31We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out. John 9:30-34

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I have found that remembering my own sins is a great humbler. Praise God they have been washed away, but it helps me to remember we are all in the same boat.

 

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No matter how much I change, you remain the same.

I can spend a lifetime healing, growing, and improving,

And I did and I have because you convinced me it was me.

but you remain the same. Then I realized I am not the one that is broken.

For by his stripes I have been healed.

I am just not of you.

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19

It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.'” Matt 21:13

Who was Jesus talking to here?

My notes:

His words are directed at the temple religious leaders and the merchants – money changers – theives. People who sought personal gain by taking from God’s people.

Jesus was angry. We see that anger is not a sin, but anger is a reasonable response to sin.

The body of Christ, the Church, the temple, is to be a house of prayer.

Den of Thieves – They were there to get what they could from God’s people, and they were using religion to do it.

Jesus drove them out!

So Jesus made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” John 2:15-16

His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17

Also interesting to note John 2:18 goes on to says..

The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

And we know Jesus has been give has all authority in heaven and on earth and He has no problem driving out our enemies. Those that seek to steal from God’s temple.

The Temple has Walls

Walls are not always a bad thing.

Notice walls were built around the temple and a vineyard for protection.

We are the temple of God, the Church, and boundaries are still essential.

My walls, my boundaries, were torn down at a young age because I grew up with abuse. Abusive people have no respect for boundaries. All which set me up for more abuse as I grew older. So my walls needed to be rebuilt.

But,

When I attended church, I was taught to love others unconditionally, but still not taught to love and protect myself.

I was taught forgive and keep forgiving. But still not taught to walk away from people who kept sinning against me.

I was taught to think the best about others, but still not taught to be on guard for wolves in sheep’s clothing.

And if I ever questioned someone’s character, I was told I was mistaken or I was being judgemental.

The result – more abuse –

But God…

I finally woke up to the knowledge that something wasn’t right.

I had to stop mistaking man’s word for God’s Word about who God is and who I am in Him.

I had to start following the inward leading, and stop allowing myself to be led astray by people, manipulation, guilt, fear, and doubt.

I had to start trusting God and myself more and other people less.

And I have had to work with the Lord to rebuild and restored the walls the enemy sought to destroy.

We are the temple and the temple has walls. And God has put them in place for our protection to separate us from our enemies, and those who cross our boundaries.


The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 10:18

No one is perfect

I have noticed when people sin they will do one of two things. They will either divert blame onto others or will be filled with regret and compassion seeking to make amends.

Sorry, really does seem to be the hardest word. Maybe it would be easier if we really did see each other as brothers and sisters?

We are often blinded by the world’s hierarchy.

Robert C. Solomon places contempt on the same continuum as resentment and anger, and he argues that the differences between the three are that resentment is anger directed toward a higher-status individual; anger is directed toward an equal-status individual; and contempt is anger directed toward a lower-status individual.”

It seems harder for people to admit fault to those you see as less than. A parent to child – boss to employee – Pastor to member. But might doesn’t make right.

Also,

It seems to me we teach a lot about perfectionism – legalism – Keeping the law. The yeast of the Pharisees. Pride in our own right- ness.

Believing we have to be perfect leaves very little room for all our humanness, true repentance, forgiveness, and grace.

In humbleness, love, and compassion

Sorry! I can see why you might feel that way. I was wrong! Please forgive me. I am human too!

Then we learn and we grow and we grow together in Him.

OR

In our pride, we fault find, blame shift and become hard hearted.

Which causes only more division and separation.

Magical think can make the guilt look innocent and the innocent look guilty. This happens when we look for facts, to fit our own narrative. Another symptom of worldly thinking.

It’s how rapist, who happens to be a star college athlete, gets off with a slap on the wrist, and the victim gets labeled as drunk girl behind a dumpster.

No one is always right; just like no one is always wrong.

And conflicts often reveal our own truth.

Know your Rights

A man wanted a house for himself and borrowed from the bank to purchase it. But the house he purchased, he could not afford and soon the bank came to collect. Yet, the original owners of house had double their investment and were able to build a bigger house.

A woman bought a dependable car far under market value. But one day she thought of trading it in. She went to the dealership and test drove a more expensive model, but found it to be defective. But upon returning to the dealship, she had discovered that the salesman assuming she would purchase the flashly new car had sold her original one. For he was intent on making a profit. The salesman had sold a car that didn’t belong to him, he was now responsible for reimbursing the woman the full value of the original vehicle.

People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house. Proverbs 6:30-31

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom.6:23

you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Cor. 6:20

You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.” 1 Cor 7:23

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;” psalm 107:2

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

We as heirs with Christ claim our inheritance…. God’s promises.

“Instead of your shame

you will receive a double portion,

and instead of disgrace

you will rejoice in your inheritance.

And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,

and everlasting joy will be yours.

8“For I, the Lord, love justice;

I hate robbery and wrongdoing.

In my faithfulness I will reward my people

and make an everlasting covenant with them.

9Their descendants will be known among the nations

and their offspring among the peoples.

All who see them will acknowledge

that they are a people the Lord has blessed.” Isaiah 61:7-9