Friday, June 7, 2013

Pride!

When pride comes, then comes shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Prov. 11:2) 

Pride is spiritual cancer. 

Never forget these words. Ever!

Over the last few days, I've been giving this subject some thought. Some thought had to be given because pride has so many applications to it. Pride can be applied positively such as being proud of your child whenever he and/or she has achieved good grades in school or in sports when we cheer for our favorite sports team. 

Pride has also been proven to be a negative as well. Pride in the form of a superiority complex is a huge negative and can adversely affect the relationships around us. C.S. Lewis couldn't have said it any better when he states that pride "eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense". In this post, I want to focus how pride can be a "spiritual cancer" in our lives. 

Medically, cancer in a nutshell is a healthy cell that has gone "rouge". When the cells in our bodies are not receiving the proper nutrients to fight off anything that can cause the cell degeneration, that cell or cells will become cancerous. Pride, when left unchecked, will become a cancer in our lives. Think about that for a moment my friend. 

When you have a basket full of fruits and you notice that one of the fruits in your basket has been corrupted (or in human terms, compromised). Do you make sure to check and make sure that the fruit you see is not the only fruit that may have been corrupted? Anyone with enough common sense will make a THOROUGH  inspection to make sure that the unhealthy fruit does not defile the rest of the fruits in the basket. 

Unfortunately, the vast majority of our societies will make a small glance and come to the assumption that the one fruit alone will not corrupt the rest of the basket. My dear friend, pride does not destroy our lives overnight. Pride destroys every aspect of our lives over an extended period of time. Pride, like cancer, is a slow process that can be easily overlooked until the symptoms of negative pride come to the surface of our lives.

Now. You may be thinking at this moment. How do we express our pride without our pride getting in the way of having wholesome relationships with God and everyone around us? Here's a passage from the Bible to help you answer that question:

In God we boast all the day long, and praise your name forever. Selah. (Psalms 44:8) 

The secret to conquering pride in every single area of our lives is by BOASTING IN GOD all day long and praising His name forevermore. Outside of our relationship with God, how can we possibly stand in front of Him and anyone else for that matter with our egos the size of Mount Everest? We can't. That simple. Not without corrupting the lives of the people around us and our relationship with God.

QUESTION: Is your pride in check?

Thank you very much for reading this far my friend. My hope and prayer is that your relationship with God is such that not only is your pride in check, but more importantly, rooted out to prevent any possibility of your spirit, body, and mind from being corrupted. May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! Jesus loves you and so do I!!!...:-)

ENJOY!!!...:-D