Defeat pride : serve others
Proverbs 16:5 The LORD detests the proud; they will surely be punished.
The Bible gives us many examples where God shows His wrath against pride. We can’t miss the punishment of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:14-24). What about Pharaoh, Goliath, David, Naaman, Hezekiah, the king of Assyria, Lucifer, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod Agrippa 1 and many more? Pride in these instances was seen as not just disregarding God, but also lifting up one’s heart against god.
In our work places, we are tempted to self-aggrandize. Our co-workers do it, and it works on their promotion. They also are like magnet attracting people to themselves. There might be a better way of getting that promotion or getting liked in the jo. It can be one without allowing pride a foothold in our heart. Be friendly, consider others as valuable as you are. Honor their reputation. Provide a listening ear to others—everyone struggles. Do some random acts of kindness. Through these and many more ways we practice our loyalty in Christ . They too are indication of strength of personality and character. And as promised, He will reward us (Proverbs 22:4, Proverbs 29:3, ! Peter 5:6)
But importantly, pray that your real goal is achieved in wherever God has stationed you, either at home or work. By being humble, we can save some. I think we read that partly last Sunday. “I obey the law of Christ . . . When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessing" (1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (NLT2).
And if we ever boast, let our Lord be elevated always. God commands us, “those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken! (Jeremiah 9:24 ,1 Corinthians 1:31).
Happy Tuesday everyone.
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