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Your Understanding of Pride and the Lord
But give honour to Christ in your hearts as your Lord; and be ready at any time when you are questioned about the hope which is in you, to give an answer in the fear of the Lord and without pride; (1 Peter 3.15 Bible in Basic English (BBE))
Be ready to answer when questioned about your hope, yet do not do it with pride.
To love often brings a sense of pride, yet we are to have no pride when we express our love and hope in the Lord and Jesus Christ. Oxford Dictionary defines pride as
a feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
In light of this definition, it is easier to understand that having pride in the Lord and Jesus is not our right. God's achievements are not ours. We may benefit from them, but we cannot claim them.
Wonderful Father, I want to honor you and Jesus in my heart, mind, and actions. I do not want to claim your achievements as mine. Forgive me if I ever have.
This is a point I will consider as I speak and think of you. It is a bit of a quandary for me as I try to act for you, and I feel happiness in those actions, but admittedly sometimes I am proud of myself for what I accomplish, yet I know I couldn't have completed the task without you.
This is challenging, so I may need you to forgive and guide me on this subject as time passes. I would also love to be inspired and guided by you and the Holy Spirit to better your understanding of pride and the Lord. Enable me to respond as you wish. With great respect and love in my heart. Amen.
a tangle originated by Jody Genovese, CZT®
Word of the Day
Read the scripture in context on the Bible in Basic English (BBE) website.