PRIDE

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For though the LORD is high, yet he looks after the lowly; but the proud, he knows from afar.  Psalm 138:6 New Heart English Bible

As owners, we are all proud of our dogs.  They obey the commands for Sit, Paw, and Stay, and we beam with pride.  We attend dog shows and clap as each pup makes it’s way around the auditorium.  We brush their teeth, search for the healthiest food, and buy toys to keep their minds active and alert.

Proverbs 16:18 tells us that, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”.  This tends to be true whenever I have a sense of pride in Danni, our little Rottie mix.  We ride in the car and she quietly observes all the dogs walking by and I think she has come a long way then, suddenly, one dog will get her attention and the Dr. Danni and Mr. Hyde appears.  She goes into a frenzy; barking and growling.

I hear a lot about pride lately.  Everyone is proud of who they are.  We are proud of our accomplishments, our education, and our careers.  There is a lot in which we can take pride.  As with Danni, whenever I think I’ve done something well in life, I blow it a moment later.  Pride truly does comes before a fall.

Psalm 138:6 tells us that God is near to the humble, but far from the prideful.  There is no room for God when we are full of pride.  He is not our portion, as we don’t need help.  We can do it ourselves so there is no need to depend upon the God of the universe, or so we think.  Paul wrote in Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith”.

The only thing I can really be proud of is that God loves me so much that he sent his son to die for me (John 3:16).  Just as I am.  He has made me the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, my Lord (2 Corinthians 5:21).  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).  My God will supply all my needs (Philippians 4:19).  The emphasis is not on me, but on my God and Christ in me.

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