Lately I have been trying to dig deep and root out some lingering strongholds of I guess… as hard as it is to admit….bitterness or unforgiveness.
As I was studying and praying I came to Proverbs 13:10 NKJV By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well advised is wisdom.
More studying and more praying 😳. It’s hard. So hard to admit things are possibly my fault 🤷🏼♀️.
I mean by worldly standards I’m 💯 justified in harboring resentment or anger or whatever I want to harbor.
It’s my party and I’ll be mad if I want to.
But……by God’s standards if there is strife it’s a pride issue. If I’m following Christ I’m supposed to esteem the other person higher than myself (Phil 2:3). It’s hard to keep that flesh crucified and even harder if I’ve just been coasting along unchecked for a little while.
But………Christ is worth it. Not because of what He can do, but because of who He is. He is the light of the world, He is the beginning and the end, He is Lord and Savior. How can I not try to do what He asks?
I can start the “get back on track process” with Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate.
Pride happens when we lose that fear or awe of God. I forget who I am in relation to Him and basically I get too big for my britches. My flesh justifies my position and I go about my way. The problem is I’m dimming my light. Facebook posts are great, but it’s my daily interactions with the person in front of me that really counts.
The verse goes farther to say some things He hates. Since He is God and I am confessing Him as master I need to also hate those things. Pride, arrogance, the evil way, a perverted mouth…..easy to say……hard to navigate in real time with real people. Pride is sneaky.
The key is to replace those things with what He says is good.
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
He didn’t say this walk would be easy. He knows I fall short daily, but He loves me anyway and that is what I need to do for others. Love them even when they fall short.
Let’s all try it today. Let’s seek Him first and see if all these things will fall into place.
Let’s Ephesians 4:32🎶 😘