Thoughts to calibrate pride

Some of my thoughts about pride:

When people are open and honest with each other, pride melts away and is replaced by heart-felt love and compassion. Pride and conscience can’t work side by side. One always overrides the other.

Pride is unkind to anybody who gets in its way. It’s a lie-infector, infecting human ego with all sorts of distortions.

When pride is our guide, “me” gets a glorified ride. Me! Pride perceives no need for forgiveness, mercy, or grace.

Most arguments are more about pride than about substance. Pride is a security blanket for our insecurities. People who truly believe God loves them unconditionally tend to be humble, rather than proud.

Pride asserts its own agenda; humility surrenders to God’s. To side with and abide in pride is to get trapped in the riptide of self-focus.

Pride collides with God’s guidance. Humility glides with it. Don’t let proudful lies lay around in your thinking and muddle your mind. Ask God to shine His light on them.

When pride and truth collide, truth frequently loses. Pride is self-deception. It always spins self in the best light, even twisting the truth to do it. In order to save face, pride resists facing facts.

It’s hard for us humans to get beyond our pride and to see our life from God’s perspective. However, the greater your perception of the presence of God, the less place there is for pride in your life.

Pride makes God seem small and irrelevant. When pride moves into religion, it shifts the focus from God and His authority to self, feelings, and control.

Pride is deceptive. It teaches us to ignore our conscience and to trust our feelings and desires instead.Pride is an attitude that causes people to refuse to see (or even acknowledge) things that don’t make them look good.

Pride is built on denial. The more honest we are about self, the less we can find to be proud about. Ego and honesty don’t like to go together. When one goes up, the other goes down.

The solution for pride is repentance. Repentance is a change in behavior resulting from seeing things differently — the power to do right birthed from fresh, humble insight. Behavior change can leave our heart unchanged and proud. True repentance is a change in perspective, a seeing from God’s point of view, rather than from our own, that transforms, not just our outward behavior, but also our inward nature. It’s a new way of seeing. To repent is to look at things differently than you have in the past.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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