"Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." - Proverbs 13:10
A preacher friend of mine quoted this Bible verse in one of his posts this morning on Facebook and I decided to go read it and meditate on it for a little while. As I thought on this verse, the Lord began to speak to my heart about writing something on it today.
It is so sad to see that there is much contention in many churches today and in the lives of many Christians today as well. Why is that? What is the reason for it? The answer is pride, it is the root of all contention. Pride is at the root of the problems and contentions that we have with others, whether it be in the church or outside the church. Pride comes natural to us because of our flesh and our lusts. We don't want to be wronged, we don't want to be corrected, we must have things our way, we are going to give someone a piece of our mind. We manifest all of these attitudes because of pride.
The Bible tells us that God resists the proud. In Proverbs chapter 6, we find that a proud look is something that God says He hates. In contrast, the Bible tells us that God gives grace to the humble. It also says that God is near to those of broken heart and a contrite spirit. In light of this, there are several questions that come to mind. Where is our humility? Where is our brokenness? Where is our spirit of contrition?
The solution to this problem is simple; if we want to get rid of contention in our churches, our homes, and our individual lives, we must get rid of our pride. If we are dying daily to ourselves, our flesh, and our lusts, then there is no reason for us to have pride in our hearts. However, in "American Christianity" the problem is that we do not die daily to all of these things. Is it any wonder that we lack the power of God in our churches, pulpits, and our individual lives?
If you look to the middle of the word "Pride" you will find "I" and that says it all!
Prayer For Today:
Heavenly Father, help me today to die to my flesh, my desires, and my lusts. Help me to deny myself and to surrender all to Christ. Forgive me for my sin of pride in my heart and cleanse me from it. Give me a spirit of humility, brokenness, and a contrite heart. Lord, help me to remember, it isn't about me but rather it is ALL about Christ! In Jesus name, Amen!