What a Deal!

At the end of 1 Corinthians 13:4, the NIV version of scripture states that “love is not proud.”  The ESV declares that “love is not arrogant.”  Let me assure you that Jesus and pride or arrogance does not work…period!  Philippians 2:5-11 says,

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God  something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!  9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place  and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 What did Jesus, the Son of God, do?  Let’s not forget that He was not forced to do this.  It was His choice.  His mindset was that He was willing to humble Himself, to totally sell out and humble Himself and choose to be a servant.  You may say, “let me get this right.  The Son of God, the only son, did not think of Himself above everyone else even though He knew Who He was.”  Yes, that is correct. He knew that all authority had been given Him.  Yet, He chose to become a servant, to be born as man in a very humble environment, to live a very humble life yet without sin, to die a humiliating, excruciatingly painful death to redeem us from our sin.  And now, as a result, every knee will bow and ever tongue will acknowledge that Jesus is Lord.  Amen!

Pride, arrogance do not fit in the Christian life.  Of all the things that God hates, according to Prov. 6:16&17, He hates “haughty (full of pride, I am better than you) eyes.”  Don’t you totally want to stick your finger down your throat when you hear a Christian speaker with a pride laden introduction.  “Where is the closest exit…I am out of here!”  I love the “recovery” style testimony…”hey, my name is Billy Bob, I have a new life in Christ, I am recovering from drug addiction, porn and controlling spirit.”  “You got my attention.”  Hey, I don’t mean to be judgmental but speaking my heart.  Jesus did not hang with the proud-please-pat-me-on-my-back-because-I-deserve-it type folks.  He hung with the down-trodden and sinners who needed healing and to be saved.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9&10, Paul states, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  Jesus’ power is perfected in our weaknesses not in our strength.  Paul boasted in his weaknesses not his strength.  And, oh by the way, He was born an Hebrew of the Hebrews with an elitist education.  You know what he called all that?  Dung!  Watch your mouth Paul! 😊

Peter tells us how to humble ourselves in 1 Peter 5:6&7.  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.  You humble yourself by “casting all…on Him.”  Give it all to Him!  Hold nothing back…When this happens, Prov. 3:5&6 states that He “will make your path straight!!”

Pride, arrogance is spiritual cancer.  Die to self, sell out and live humbly before Him!  You give up your life for His.  What a deal!!

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