16 There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
As you and I begin our day today our pride lurks, crouching at the door.
Our pride is a prison that promotes anger, hurt, and foolish thinking and doing.
Our pride also keeps at bay the restorative effects of conviction, humility, and reconciliation that Christ provides.
Whether we realize it or not we are in bondage to our pride.
We attempt to find our satisfaction in events, things, or people. We falsely believe we need more money, power, a wife, kids, or a house and the list goes on.
Romans 8:13 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
If we focus on ourselves we die.
Our focus must be on Christ everyday!
Our need is a Holy-Spirit-enabled, Jesus-centered humility in our lives!
Video from Sea Harp
The Destructive Nature of Pride
"Join Eugene Luning, co-founder of Sea Harp Press, in a profound exploration of one of the most challenging topics in Christian ethics: "The Destructive Nature of Pride". In this insightful episode, Eugene delves deep into the essence of pride and its far-reaching consequences, both spiritually and socially. 📚 About This Episode: Pride, often unnoticed within ourselves yet glaring in others, is more than just a personal vice; it's a social and spiritual malady with the power to disrupt communities and individual lives. Eugene, drawing from C.S. Lewis's profound insights in "Mere Christianity," unpacks the complex nature of pride. He illuminates how this vice, seen as the utmost evil in Christian morals, leads not only to a multitude of other vices but also to a profound disconnect from the essence of our humanity and our relationship with the divine. 🌟 Key Highlights: Understanding Pride: Eugene offers a detailed explanation of why pride is considered the root of all vices in Christian teachings. Pride vs. Humility: The contrast between pride and its virtuous counterpart, humility, is explored, highlighting the transformative power of the latter. Real-Life Implications: Through relatable anecdotes and practical examples, Eugene illustrates how pride subtly infiltrates our daily lives and decision-making. Historical and Social Context: The discussion extends to how pride has shaped historical events and societal structures, emphasizing the need for self-awareness and change. Spiritual Perspective: A deep dive into the spiritual implications of pride and how it hinders our relationship with God and others. 🙏 Join Us: Whether you're seeking personal growth, spiritual understanding, or simply interested in exploring the depths of Christian morality, this episode offers valuable insights and thought-provoking perspectives." from video introduction