The Fourth Enemy
5. You welcome those who cheerfully do good, who follow godly ways. But we are not godly; we are constant sinners and have been all our lives. Therefore your wrath is heavy on us. How can such as we be saved?
6. We are all infected and impure with sin. When we put on our prized robes of righteousness we find they are but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves we fade, wither and fall. And our sins, like the wind, sweep us away.
7. Yet no one calls upon your name or pleads with you for mercy. Therefore you have turned away from us and turned us over to our sins.
The first three enemies of marriage are bitterness, jealousy and selfishness.
The fourth is the sin of pride.
The sin of pride is NOT:
:: feeling of self-respect and personal worth
:: satisfaction with your achievements
:: the trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
But the sin of pride IS:
:: thinking of yourself as better than others so that you can
:: never admit that you are wrong
:: the feeling that you certainly do not need God
:: putting yourself on your own pedestal and then
:: looking down on others from that pedestal
We should never mix up proper self-respect and personal worth with the sin of pride.
The first is necessary in order to function as a human being.
The second can shut out both God and other people.
Forgiveness is the fuel on which a successful marriage runs.
However, if you are too proud admit when you are wrong, that will put untold barriers into the marriage relationship.
Get accustomed to saying when you are wrong: both to God and to your partner in wedlock. The Apostle James puts it this way:
16. Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
(James 5 LB)
Father, today I give up the sin of pride. I ask that You will take the sin of pride out of me completely, so that my relationships with You and those closest to me will be a blessing to us all,
in Jesusâ€™ name,
See you tomorrow, God willing.
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