When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2 NIV)
Pride means three things according to www.merriam-webster.com: a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people, a feeling that you are more important or better than other people, and a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc. Now as you know and according to these definitions, pride could either have a negative connotation or a position one. But today, I am going to write about the negative one. Pride surrounds us every day. It is in those around us and in us whether we can admit it or not.
I have been bombarded by pride on my job and it has been so evident lately that if I don’t be careful I won’t just have my feet in the water; I’ll be swimming in it with the rest of the adults and students on my job. From disrespectful students to prideful coworkers, I am constantly trying to exercise patience and meekness all the while without complaining. I have failed at times but I see improvement as God deals with me too about my own pride. God had to show me that the people on my job or in my life not only have pride, but I do too. You see I have learned that pride is manifested in many ways and it is not just someone thinking that they are better than another, but PRIDE is all about SELF and never manifested in love.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV)
Pride is manifested through self-exaltation. We all knew that. But as I mentioned before, pride has many manifestations. One is COMPLAINING; I am guilty of this. Pride is manifested through FAULTFINDING, JEALOUSY, GOSSIPING, SELF-PITY, FEAR, TEMPERS, CONSTANT COMPARING OF YOURSELF WITH OTHERS, BEING EASILY OFFENDED, GETTING YOUR ROW OUT, REBELLION AGAINST GOD AND THE AUTHORITY HE PLACED OVER YOU, TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING ON YOUR OWN, ALWAYS WANTING TO BE THE GIVER (this list is making us think right), PERFECTIONISM, WANTING OTHERS APPROVAL/PEOPLE-PLEASER, FISHING FOR COMPLIMENTS, HAVING A WARPED VIEW ABOUT YOUR GIFTS AND TALENTS, POWER-SEEKERS, BEING IMPATIENT, BEING UNTEACHABLE, UNWILLING TO FORGIVE, STUBBORNNESS, SELF-CONSCIOUS, DECEPTION, SUGAR-COATING, GIVING YOUR OPINIONS WHEN NOT ASKED, TRYING TO BE EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE, SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, CRITICAL MINDED, etc. Okay, the list goes on and quite frankly, it is alarming to see so many manifestations of pride and some that has been manifested in my very own self.
I admit that complaining hasn’t been the only vice of mine; it is sometimes fear, being easily offended, trying to do everything on my own, sugar-coating, and people-pleasing. Even though I have more growing to do, I thank You for helping me to be not where or how I used to be (full of self-pity, depression and fear) so I can be the person You have destined me to be. Deliver me Father from the manifestations of pride and help me to put you first and love you more than I love myself. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to understand the many manifestations of PRIDE. Pride honors self and not God; it fails to love others as it loves itself. It abandons humility and compassion for conceit and hostility. So let’s put our focus back on God and allow Him to use us to reach and love on others because I assure you, it’s not about you. After all God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), and He loves us equally.
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps Chicago public high school students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as motivates them to consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a Compassion Person and Encourager and so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.