Do you battle with pride like I do? I bet you do (even if you are too proud right now to admit it! 🙂
Someone has said that they view pride is the source of all other sins… I think they are right. How about joining me in a little self-evaluation. Consider the following:
Pride mocks others “The proud have me in great derision…” Psalms 119:51.
Pride lies about others “The proud have forged a lie against me…” Psalms 119:69.
Pride mistreats others “Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood…” Psalms 119:78.
Pride seeks to destroys others “The proud have dug pits for me…” Psalms 119:85,.
Pride oppresses others “… Do not let the proud oppress me.” Psalms 119:122.
Pride deceives others “The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; They have spread a net by the wayside; They have set traps for me. Selah” Psalms 140:5.
Pride is communicated by lips and looks “A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood,” Proverbs 6:17.
Pride uses the mouth to beat others down “In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.” Proverbs 14:3.
Pride must display itself, cannot stay home. ““Indeed, because he transgresses by wine, He is a proud man, And he does not stay at home…” Habakkuk 2:5.
Pride embellishes the truth “Let the lying lips be put to silence, Which speak insolent things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.” Psalms 31:18.
Remember that God fights against the proud person and will destroy everything they attempt to accomplish. “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
One of the greatest dangers of pride is that it lies at the root of our rebellion against God. Every refusal to receive Christ as Lord and Savior is driven by pride! That is a sobering thought!
If the above list convicts you do something about it! Humble yourself by gazing at Christ! Evaluate yourself, your achievements, your possessions and everything else in relation to God. “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due season.”
Perhaps you would give me your street address, describe your house – the style, how many rooms or the color of your gate.
The dictionary defines a home as a family or group of people who live together, it is the place where somebody feels he or she belongs. Home is a place where a person can find refuge and safety, a place where they can live in security. You see, a home is not a building; a home is a place where relationships exist and are nurtured.
Often relationships in a home include children. It is important that these relationships are intentionally nurtured. If you are like me though there are times when you feel like your home is “out of control.”
Here are six tips for successful parenting that came from an article by Dr. William Goode. These tips have helped me evaluate how I am relating to my kids.
Encourage a lot – the child who is encouraged as well as corrected consistently can tell the difference between right and wrong. (Ro. 13.7)
Play a lot – While we as adults must be firm, life has many problems and they need to see us work, laugh and be serious, taking enough personal interest to play their games with them. (Prov. 17.22)
Pray a lot – We need God’s help. Talk to Him much about them. (James 1.5)
Teach a lot – Eph. 6.4: “Instruction” = putting into the mind; building inner convictions.
Use cause and effect a lot – …for correction. This is the most natural way of learning that actions have results (Gal. 6.7).
When you do spank… do it lovingly, slowly, prayerfully, and thoroughly so you do not do it often… and never do it when you are angry
Developing healthy relationships in the home take an investment of time, energy and effort. Be intentional! invest in the relationships in your home!
May God grant us healthy and happy Christian homes!
If you are in the Kitwe area and would like to get in touch please email at philhunt66 (at) gmail.com. You are invited to attend the Kitwe Bible Study Fellowship meeting each Sunday at the Polo Club (Show grounds) at 10:00. Phil Hunt.