Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pride is a nasty thing

I recently received a generous gift from a friend and colleague: an all-tube guitar amplifier. I was blown away by the generosity and excited to receive such a cool gift. However, to my disappointment, I also felt a little awkward. Why was this awkward feeling such a disappointment? It was disappointing because it revealed pride.

Pride is a nasty thing. It is so nasty that it can actually make it uncomfortable, and sometimes impossible, for us to accept a generous gift from someone. For some reason we have this warped perception that receiving a gift makes us appear weak or incapable of providing for ourselves. Therefore, people often awkwardly accept gifts or altogether reject the gift in an attempt to maintain their pride. Unfortunately, pride has eternal consequences for many people because it is one of the primary reasons people do not accept the ultimate gift of salvation from Christ Jesus.

Lord, I repent of this pride. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. I set my mind on what the Spirit desires and choose to live by the Spirit and not my flesh.

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