Saturday, January 23, 2010

Love is not proud.

Love is not proud. This word is easily understood. What can I say, I have felt this emotion quite often. But God hates the prideful heart, he cant work in my soul if I am proud, and only think of myself. Why is it much easier to be proud and boastful than meek and humble. Do we even know what these words mean?

Having inordinate self-esteem; possessing a high or unreasonable conceit of one's own excellence, either of body or mind. A man may be proud of his person, of his talents,of his accomplishments or of his achievements. He may be proud of any thing to which he bears some relation. He may be proud of his country, his government, his equipage, or of whatever may, by association, gratify his esteem of himself. He may even be proud of his religion or of his church. He conceives that any thing excellent or valuable, in which he has a share, or to which he stands related, contributes to his own importance, and this conception exalts his opinion of himself.

Proverbs 16:5
The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Proverbs 18:12
Before his downfall a man's heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.

Proverbs 21:4
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!

Ezekiel 28:17
Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

Satan was a beautiful angel, he got proud of his beauty, and God threw him down to earth. He was the first one to get proud of his beauty and splendor, which means if we follow in a prideful manner, we are his followers.

The opposite of proud is meek. What does meek means anyway?
1. Mild of temper; soft; gentle; not easily provoked or irritated; yielding; given to forbearance under injuries.

Now the man Moses was very meek, above all men. Num.12.

2. Appropriately,humble, in an evangelical sense; submissive to the divine will; not proud, self-sufficient or refractory; not peevish and apt to complain of divine dispensations. Christ says, "Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest to your souls." Matt.11.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matt.5.

Meek is a sister to humble. As I look around me in church sometimes we as Christians forget that we are to follow in Christ's footsteps, and be more gentle, humble, meek, but instead we try to prove our worth, to show people who they are dealing with, and that no one can walk over us... Yes, very sad, isn't it? I am sure it makes God sad too, to see our proud hearts, because He knows that pride and boastfulness will not be going to heaven. And isn't that why we are even Christians to one day go to heaven?

Thats my goal to be meek and humble, instead of proud and boastful, with Gods help, everything is possible. :)

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