Guard against pride

 

Wayne Rector

Wayne Rector

By Wayne Rector, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor resident

One of the things a Christian must guard against is pride. That is to say, undue pride, or pride and vain glory. Proverbs 16: 18 tells us “Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.” And Paul warns us in Romans 12:3 not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think.

When we are out there on the ‘firing line’ living and witnessing for Christ and we begin to feel that we might have done some good, it is time to take stock and consider who gave us the power to witness and to live victoriously. Because of whom do we have anything to witness about? We need to give God and Christ all the praise and the glory.

On the other side of the coin however, we need to remember that we are children of the King. John 1:12 tells us “…as many as received him, he gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in his name.” And that is something we can be proud of.

Let’s pray.

Dear God, our Heavenly Father, thank you that
we can be called your children. Help us to rightly assess the good things that come our way and give you all the praise and glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.