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Pride: A dangerous response
CAROLINE L. BELTRAN, Baguio City

The story is told of a wealthy man who attended a formal dinner in honor of someone. He sat down next to some people who were discussing on the topic of prayer. He declared: “Prayer may be all right for you, but I do not need it. I worked hard for everything I have. I did not ask God for anything.” Then a university president responded: “Sir. There is something you do not have that you might pray for.” “And what might that be?” asked the man. The educator replied: “You could pray for humility.”

We are all likely to have a certain amount of pride. Pride is an undue sense of superiority and arrogance. It is too high an opinion of one’s own ability and worth. Pride is a feeling of being better than others.

If everything goes well, we feel self-sufficient. When a blessing comes our way, we may think we received it because we deserved it. That is foolish pride and it is out of place in the life of God’s children.

In Romans 12:3 of the Bible, it says that “A Christian should not think of himself more highly than he ought to think but to think soberly as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”

The person who becomes so enamored with himself that he thinks he is far better than others is headed for a big fall. Proverbs 16:18 is loud and clear: “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Being haughty is acting as if other people are not as good as oneself.

To conquer and avoid pride, Proverbs of the Bible reminds us to take note of the following verses. Pride leads to disgrace but with humility comes wisdom. Pride leads to conflict. The Lord detests the proud. They will surely be punished. Better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud. Haughty eyes, a proud heart and evil actions are all sin.

As followers of Christ, let us focus on His greatness and not imagine our own. Remember that when we sing our own praise, we are always out of time.

Lord, help us hate sinful pride. Use us, Lord, and make us humble. Rescue us from foolish pride. Amen!

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