1 PETER 5:5-6
“IN THE SAME WAY, YOU WHO ARE YOUNGER, SUBMIT YOURSELVES TO YOUR ELDERS. ALL OF YOU, CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH HUMILITY TOWARD ONE ANOTHER…”
One of the things that brings people from the top to the bottom of life is pride. Pride kills, it turns people off, it destroys team dynamism and caps the potential of individuals and organisations.
For many years, I thought pride was an attitude, but in my estimation, that assertion is no longer true. I have come to believe that, pride is more of a HABIT than an ATTITUDE.
“Attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about something or someone; a habit is a regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to stop or give up”.
I have seen people who are in serious need, but pride is mostly the sin that will keep them from crying for help.
“Those who think they are healthy do not need a physician”. Mark 2:17
As dangerous as pride is, it is equally hard to notice. Because pride is not the way one walks, dresses or eats. It is a habit found in the heart and minds of people. When it comes to diagnosing our hearts, those who have the disease of pride have a challenging time identifying the disease. Pride usually infects people’s eyesight, causing them to view themselves through a lens that distorts reality. Pride will always make you right and others wrong. Pride will always make you clean, and everybody else dirty. It will even paint your ugliness as beautiful and commendable. I have heard many people say; “but I am not proud”? You can’t conclude that, you don’t struggle with pride because you don’t see it. The comfortable moments when you will pat yourself on the back for how well you are doing should be moments that should alarm you the most. Moments when you look at your staff with disdain. When you look at other tribes as below you in society. Moments when you think without you, nothing else can be done in the house, office or organisation. Moments when you think your car, your house or even academic credentials are better than your friends’ and your ministry is more rewarding and more important than others. Moments when you put your “righteousness way above that of the Pharisees”, and everybody else is a sinner. These are moments of pride in disguise.
While pride causes people to filter out the evil they see in themselves, it also causes them to filter out God’s goodness in others. We sift them, letting only their faults fall into our perception. It is common in our beloved country, isn’t it? Where fault finding and blame shifting have stagnated most of our public institutions. …
To be cont.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.