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Topic: First World Problem (04/17/14)
TITLE: A Closer Look at an Evil Way
By Victoria Catron
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First John 2:15-17 KJV points out that the "pride of life" is one of three categories that all sin falls under. The really sad thing is that as humans we put so much stock in it though it will be eradicated just as the world will someday pass away. While I can't say that I've never seen a list of valued attributes with pride on it I have heard that we should take pride in our work and many people are proud of their children and grandchildren. So I must ask myself whether or not even those uses are somehow appropriate when Proverbs 8:13 KJV says, "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate." If as an adult I'm a bit uncertain then how are the children we teach supposed to learn the difference?
So I sat in contemplation and prayed that the Lord would give me the answer I needed. The following verses came to mind:
First Corinthians 13:4 KJV, "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up". More than once I've heard others say that when another person is proud their head or chest is puffed up which here shows that's not a part of love.
Galatians 6:3-5 KJV, "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden." Besides the fact that every person can't have the same "job" anyway neither do we all have the same abilities even if we share the same job. Our pasts, our environments, our perceptions, et cetera all have a part in how we perform it so comparison doesn't seem to be wise.
James 1:17 KJV, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from he Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."
First Corinthians 10:31 KJV, "Whether therefore we eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
Psalm 118:8 KJV, "It is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in man."
First Thessalonians 5:18 KJV, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
These last four verses point to the ultimate reason why I believe that pride may not be appropriate in any situation. God gave us what we have; He set us in history at exactly the right moment. Instead of focusing on ourselves we should be more than willing to give thanks to our Creator and Sustainer of life. As graduation ceremonies are upon us take the opportunity to tell those graduates how incredibly thankful to God we are that we have seen, have been a part of their life up to this point. Remember Proverbs 16:18 KJV, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
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