Friday, October 23, 2009

Trapped in their Pride



“Trapped in their pride” (Psalm 59:12)

Pride is the greatest enemy of the Christian but the natural man loves his pride above all else. The natural man seeks to make himself happy through any means necessary. His pride drives him to do whatever he wants to do. The wicked are blinded by their own deceitfulness because they are “trapped in their pride.”

The Christian desires to kill all pride in his life. They pray that God may empty them of self, filling them more and more with the mind of Christ. They seek the humility of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They are commanded in God’s word to “do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3). Through the power of the Holy Spirit the Christian has the ability to fight against his pride. C.S. Lewis noted this fight against pride is where “Christian morals” differ for all other morals. In his book Mere Christianity he says:

“There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others.”

Lewis is saying worldly men are “trapped in their pride.” Sadly they do not see pride in their own lives but hate when they see it in others. They love their state so much they do not know of a better replacement. Looking back on my own life I see how much I loved myself and how much I hated others for loving themselves. But God graciously peeled back the scales from my eyes revealing the dark rooted pride in my heart. He showed me the glory and beauty of humbly submitting to the authority of Christ and his word. His Spirit is daily convicting me of the remaining pride in my life. God word says, “Pride goes before destruction” (Prov. 16:18) but God humbled me before the ultimate destruction took place.

Heed the truth of God’s word knowing that pride does go before destruction but God’s patience of giving you each new day is his kindness that is meant to lead you to repentance (Romans 2:4). Life will end when God says it’s over. Don’t delay another day without trusting in the work of Christ on the cross. Wicked men boast in their own wisdom and remain “trapped in their pride.”

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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