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Relinquishing Pride
by Darlene Edmondson 
05/05/14
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Quick question: Was there a time in your life when you were completely broken? Maybe a painful relationship ripped apart, loss of a loved one, dead-end jobs or just daily disappointments---the kind with no hope on the horizon. I imagine this describes many people. It does me.

Our early marriage was rocky. Well, very unsettling at times. Is anything gained by constant warring conflict? I think not. I mean; I tried. My weapon of choice happened to be a domineering, controlling attitude and; or, the silent treatment---because, of course, my way was always right. Can you relate?

I soon discovered my bold outrageous personality masked dormant fear. Peeling another layer off, I came to realize nothing is won by force, except, more pain. On the flip side [and, oh thank God for mercy], I have a gentle husband (Lee) who is clothed with patient understanding that balances our relationship. Countless times his tender and gentle demeanor dislodged my driven outbursts and the sorrow that accompanied them.

While it sounds easy, it actually requires letting go of pride and Lee is a humble man. In contrast, thatís the rub for me: relinquishing a haughty and proud spirit. Hey, I donít like it when Iím wrong. Yet, to be Christ-like and receive a good outcome, I must be willing to cooperate, laying down my puffed-up ego. I admit now lifeís burdens are too heavy, therefore I need help.

Enter Jesus. He came for the very purpose of restoration ďCome unto me, all who labor and are heavy ladenĒ(Matthew 11:28). Obviously, Jesus was a servant; one who obeyed to the point of death. You see, what really counts is laying down our lives for others. In simple ways, perhaps: like letting another go ahead of you in grocery lines or have the front seat.

The Kingdom is being filled right now with earthís broken people. There is no bruised reed that Christ cannot make beautiful. He can take a crushed life and use it for the furtherance of His plan.





If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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