The Pride of Life
The Pride of Life
By Bishop Charles Agyinasare
1 John 2:16 (NIV) “For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world.”
Pride is not merely a look but a condition of one’s heart. The things that take root within us are difficult to fight because we sometimes don’t know we are developing them. One of the things God hates is the pride of life (James 4:6).
If you’re asked whether you are proud, what will be your answer? Most of the people who exhibit pride are gifted people who are being used by God. And their gifts – whether spiritual or natural – can be the springboard of pride.
Here are three ways to identify pride:
1. A boastful attitude
Have you ever had someone quickly pull out their phone to prove to you that they have a contact of someone “important” you were talking about? The Bible tells us in Proverbs 27:2 (ESV), “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.”
2. Expecting special treatment
There are people who would leave a program because they may not have been given a front seat or acknowledged at an event. Pride is usually hungry for attention, respect, and worship in all its forms. . One time in the Bible, as the disciples argued over who was the greatest, Jesus rebuked them saying, “Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves” (Luke 22:26).
3. An independent spirit
A proud person does not look to God or others for help; he thinks he knows it all. When we do not have a teachable spirit, we are walking in pride. The Bible says in Proverbs 26:12 (NIV), “Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them.”
Precious one, never allow your talent, possession or position to make you feel that you are more important than anyone. Neither should you get to a place where you think of yourself as irreplaceable.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant me the spirit of humility that I may check every unworthy attitude that gives rise to pride in my life in Jesus’ name, Amen.