Proverbs 29 4-29-18

Pride smacks of a preoccupation with self. We all start with it; giving it up is the hardest thing we ever do.

Proverbs 29:23 A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

When God opposes the proud (James 4:6), He sets Himself up as an opponent, as in boxing. In any given situation, we can ruin it by being hard-nosed, stiff-necked, and unbending. But, God does NOT ruin our lives; we are quite capable of that in our own. Why? Because sin destroys.

In verse one,

[1] A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

God is not mentioned, which means that those with whom the man is around quit dealing with him. If it’s a wife, the marriage dissolves; if it’s a business, it fails; if it’s a relationship, it ceases to exist. Why? Because people will only put up with so much before they decide that the person is not willing to repent and change. The Apostle Paul put it like this:

1 Corinthians 5:5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.

1 Timothy 1:20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

What should we do? We should examine ourselves routinely to make sure that our pride is subdued and we have “put on Christ.”

Romans 13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Ephesians 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; [23] to be made new in the attitude of your minds; [24] and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Jesus put it best when He was in the garden of Gethsemane during the hardest time in His life,

Matthew 26:39b “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

May we all be willing to submit to Christ and to each other, especially when it comes to small stuff. With practice comes routine; with routine comes pattern, by which we act out of habit. In times of stress or crisis, these habits are lifesavers! They also identify who and Whose we are because we are acting like our Father.

Let’s act like our Father today by being humble and gentle with each other, considering each other’s needs before our own (Phil.2:3-4). Then our treasure will be great in heaven!

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