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A Cure For Pride - Part Two


 Editor    Jan 24 : 22:25
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We last looked at the way the spirit of pride can creep into our hearts and lives through the gate of insults, but there is another entranceway often left opened and unguarded through which that spirit travels quite often.

pride_kills.jpgWe last looked at the way the spirit of pride can creep into our hearts and lives through the gate of insults, but there is another entranceway often left opened and unguarded through which that spirit travels quite often. That is the gate of compliments.

We have to be very careful with the way we receive compliments. In the way we often take insults personally, to our own demise, we can also take compliments too personally as well. When one is complimented about their skills in basketball or singing or physical attractiveness, or preaching (etc.), the temptation is to allow the seeds of pride to be planted in the heart. A cure for this type of pride is similar to the cure for the pride of insults—don’t take it too personally.


When I consider my strengths and abilities, in a reflective and honest way, I see that all of them were gifts I did nothing to receive and relatively little to nothing to improve upon them. The work I put into my most trained skill is certainly not greater than the God-given gift itself. Truth is: the work I put into honing my skills pales in comparison to the gift itself.

We should make it a habit, upon receiving compliments, not to say thank you for the compliment as much as to say “I’m glad you enjoyed it,” or “I’m happy it went well.” The most appropriate response to a compliment should be “To God be the Glory,” but in all honesty compliments are addictive if abused. Like drugs they feel good and we want more! We end up searching for them so much that we “multiply kisses” in order to receive more and stop speaking the truth in love to one another and ourselves. We often set up monuments of ourselves in our own hearts, replacing the true God, the one and only fit to worship. Let us be wary of all addictions that can be switched in place of the drug we were once enslaved by. Satan is crafty. Be vigilant!


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