1 PETER 5:5-6
Pride takes root in different forms and shapes. For some people, it’s overconfidence in their abilities, for others, self-supremacy over peers, yet for others, it’s an overarching self-righteousness.
Regardless of it’s form, pride is a deadly sin that can easily go undetected in our lives. A simple pat on the back can slowly evolve into so much more if not checked. Those who carry the spirit of pride usually develop an unrealistic view of themselves. Whenever pride is part of the equation, we see ourselves as greater than we are. We look at our abilities, credentials and achievements in a glorified light that puts us on a pedestal above everyone else.”hyper pride even makes us ignore the role of God in our successes and achievements”. We become increasingly obsessed with success and being the best to the detriment of the roles played by others in getting us to our destinations.
“For by the grace given me, I say to everyone of you; Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you”. Romans 12:3
I recently visited a very good friend and his wife. He was very active in church and was even ordained as a deacon in his church. His wife constantly complained to me about his prayerlessnes and the lack of enthusiasm in the church and the things of God. He is a geodetic engineer and travels all over Africa, especially mining countries gathering data and mapping areas. He has suddenly forgotten how together with his wife we used to go to the mountains for prayer retreats, to the forest for prayer clinics and how we would go to the park for midnight rumble. He spoke arrogantly about their church, and told me he has been sending his tithe and other contributions and that’s all that matters.
“If pride is the voice that tells you, you are better than you really are, you can say pride inhibits true success by preventing a direct and honest connection to the world around us”. Pride separates us from God’s design to live in relationship with others.
Pride causes us to assess our lives by the standard of accomplishments rather than our God given identity. Life becomes a solo mission rather than team work.
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.