The Root of PRIDE – Philippians 2: 5-11
“In the same way you, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elder. All of you, cloth yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud, but he shows favor to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5)
“For everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” ( 1 John 2:15)
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood” (Prov. 6:16, 17)
Pride is a sin that the writer of Hebrews was undoubtedly getting at when he taught, “Let us lay aside every weight, and sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:3). He’s referring to areas of sin common to all humanity and most difficult to get free from.
They’re easily justified and cause internal upheaval if left unchecked: pride, anger, bitterness, criticism, gossip and the like. If it’s possible to put various sins into a hierarchy, pride would be a foundational sin that others spring from. It’s a hindrance to progressing in the will of God. It holds believers back, keeping us bound and ineffective for God.
Pride: Living Independent of God
Pride is living independent of God. The belief that we have all it takes to make things happen without God is the root cause of pride. That was the undoing of Satan (Isaiah 14:12-16). Humility, on the other hand, is strength under control. Since the Enlightenment, humanism has been seeping into every segment of society. It’s the belief that human beings are inherently good and capable of fixing the world’s problems through ingenuity and creativity. It leaves God out of the equation and looks to humanity as the answer. It exalts the creation above the creator. Humanism is a pinnacle of pride and a mark of the sinful nature standing defiantly in the face of God. Remember the bible says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5).
Consider Jesus: Philippians 2:5-6
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:5-6)
Humility has been defined as believers’ consent to allow God to be all within them, through which they surrender themselves to God’s working. This is the kind of attitude Jesus demonstrated over and again in his relationship with His father. He did not rely on his own will (though he was God), but on the will of the Father. The nature of the Kingdom of God is self-renunciation and submission to the Father’s ways, plans and will. The unyielding self stands in the way of our cultivating humility and obeying the Father. The power to deny self, allowing the Lord to work brokenness into us, is the life Jesus came to provide.
Jesus joyfully laid down his desires as well as his power as God that the Father might work in him through the Holy Spirit. Will you also allow that life to flow through you today?
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