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Love Is Not ... Proud
You've heard it before--pride before a fall. But what is pride? Pride can be the satisfaction in a job well done. Is that a bad thing? I think not. What about this definition of pride: a high opinion of yourself or your own dignity, importance, or merit; a lofty assumption of superiority. Is that the kind of "proud" that is frowned upon? I think so.
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis stated, "Pride leads to every other vice.... Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, cleverer, or better-looking than others. If every one else became equally rich, or clever, or good-looking there would be nothing to be proud about. It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition has gone, pride has gone."
According to Beth Moore, "Often our society reviles Biblical humility as a sign of sickening weakness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Being filled with pride is easy. It comes naturally. Humility takes a supply of supernatural strength that comes only to those who are strong enough to admit weakness.
Journal today on pride. Is it easy for you to be prideful? Why is that? What are you proud about?
Is it difficult for you to be humble? Why? What sort of words come to your mind when you hear the word "humble"? Why is humility hard? Do you struggle with comparing yourself to others? Why?
Make a list of specific steps you can take to have a heart of humility.
FOR YOUR SPOUSE:
During "love is kind" you did an act of kindness for your spouse. Today, do an act of service that requires humility. What can you do to show your spouse you esteem him? A dear friend and her husband wash one another's feet. How about that? Could you wash your spouse's feet?
FOR YOUR CHILDREN:
Many people will balk at the idea of being humble before our children because it might show the parent as "weak." I disagree. If you would like to teach your children to be humble, I think we have to be humble. Today, let your children see you being self-less and humble to others. Be mild mannered and kinder than necessary. Don't insist on your own way but give deference to others.