Read the passage for today: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
What does it mean to be proud? I looked it up online, and this is what I found.
Pride: A feeling of deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
Pride or being proud is a sticky point. I mean, it looks like we should not have pride when we read the Bible. Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” Today’s scripture says, “Love is not proud.” However, I think, with most things about love, this topic of pride is about what one’s motivations are. You can maybe even see this in the definition of pride. At first, it talks about one’s achievements and having a feeling of satisfaction. Then it talks about having those same feelings about the achievements of someone you know. Those both seem okay. Then it moves on to having those feelings because someone admires your achievements. I think that is when we are getting into the danger zone. Your pride moves from something that motivates you to do well, or to love others around you, to something that makes you feel good because you are being admired. This is where pride can come before destruction.
Please look at the video, where I have a few more things to say about this.
So What Activity: Take some time today to examine your heart. Examine what you feel proud about and what you do with those feelings.
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