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Opposing the proud

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Have you ever really noticed how much the Bible really talks about pride? I suppose some types of pride are OK.
We can be proud of our accomplishments, proud of our children, proud of our spouse, and I don't think this is necessarily a sin.
But what about becoming proud in our sin? I am reminded of all the "gay pride" bumper stickers popping up lately.

Prov 16:5; Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished.

Proverbs probably talks more about this than many other books.
Prov 16:19; It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Prov 21:4; Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.
Prov 21:24; "Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his names, Who acts with insolent pride.

Isa 2:11; The proud look of man will be abased And the loftiness of man will be humbled, And the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
Psa 40:4; How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.

Jas 4:6; But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE."
1 Pet 5:5; You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.

Psa 75:5; Do not lift up your horn on high, Do not speak with insolent pride.'"
Prov 8:13; "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Prov 16:18; Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but I think it's enough to know pride can be a stumbling block for us. Pride is preached on from time to time in some churches,
Often this is preached from the text of Luke 14:7-11;
Luke 14:11; "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

One of the things I have noticed about pride, is that we think it applies to everyone but ourselves. The old joke goes something like...
"I''m humble and proud of it". Yet there is some truth in that also.
The Bible tells us to love one another, encourage one another, bear one another's burdens. To avoid dissension and strife. Yes it does say to correct one
another.. "in love".

It's easy to be angry sometimes, offended, and feel like we have to prove that we are right. I know I've been there more than once myself.
2 Tim 2:24; The Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
2 Tim 2:25; with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
2 Tim 2:26; and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

We sometimes focus on adultery and homosexuality as if these are "really bad sins" and they are... but do we forget about other "minor" sins?
Are they really minor in God's eyes?

Gal 5:20; idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
Gal 5:21; envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

I've heard it preached that some people are addicted to arguing, just like others are addicted to pornography, or drugs, or gambling, or alcohol.
Some people feel a need to prove a point, to prove they are right. (Yes, I've been there too) but does our pride, get in the way of love?
Even if we are right about a specific point, can we express that point in love?

1 Cor 13:2; If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
Do we sometimes get proud of our "swordsmanship"?
Heb 4:12; For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
We stab those insolent naysayers, and then we wipe off the blood and move to the next target.

What is pride really? Have you stopped an examined yourself this morning? Have you asked yourself "Do I have pride in my life?"
Have you asked God to reveal this to you? Have you confessed it?
Psa 51:17; The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

In the meantime....
Heb 3:13; But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
 
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Pride is No Good. Everything good thing we have and are is coming from Him. We were Created by Him . He put the good in us. we can Never think we are above others or think we are greater . We should always be humble knowing it only because of Him we are anything at all.

that the trick of satan, thinking we are more or more important or above others.

If we are too be great ? We must serve all . Be the best foot washers.

That was the great teacher Paul had to be bought now . He started thinking He was more than others.

It a easy sin to start living. We are better looking, or stronger or richer or in control of others?

2Co_10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
 
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