Pride comes in many forms other than the “obvious” obnoxious braggadocious brands by which we’re quickly sickened.
For instance, impatience is a form of pride… so is embarrassment. Did you know that?
Fear rears its head in clandestine ways also.
Lies and lying are OFTEN born of fear, as is the intense desire to constantly control circumstances and people.
The inflexible and uneducable often struggle with pride AND fear.
Time for introspection… and sincere prayer.
Merciful Father, I thank You so much for the mercy You’ve shown to me. Thank You for always speaking to me in the ways I need and for causing me to listen “intelligently”, with humility as my banner, first. My life is in Your hands.
God, You mean everything to me, and I will follow You all the days of my life. I promise.
In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I pray.
I have to stand back and look at myself very closely when people I love get hurt by others. I’ve found that, depending upon the ridiculousness of the problem, righteous indignation can rise up within me to the point of tears and (sometimes) thoughts of violence.
My twin sister’s been emotionally mistreated today.
(Makes me think of Corrie Ten Boom praying to overcome her deep hatred toward the German guard who beat her dear sister right in front of her in a Nazi prison during WWII. Corrie and her Christian walk inspires me continually, beyond words; she’s one of my heroes in the faith.)
Though verbal abuse is cruel, I don’t hate the person abusing my twin. Also, I do know “the wrath of man does not work the righteousness of God,” so the violent tendencies are readily dismissed – yanked out of the hands of the flesh and given over to God. But… the indignation I feel when her heart is berated or otherwise unjustly accused or mistreated is strong enough to make me pray for self-control to overtake my emotions as well as hers.
Dear God, please enable us to show forth Your merciful character even in the face of trouble. Lord, when we are confronted by people whose aim is harm and not love… please enable us to take up Christ’s banner of unconditional love to love – not just the unlovable, but the downright ugly – in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
“And be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)