Inspiration

Don’t Let Pride Be Your Guide

"Do
nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value
others above yourselves."
(Philippians 2:3 NIV)

Every
conflict that you go through in a relationship has an element of pride mixed
into it. What is the middle letter of the word "pride"? I. What's the middle
letter of the word "crime"? I. What's the middle letter of the word "sin"? I.

We
have an "I" problem! "I" want what "I" want and "I" want it now, and that causes
all kinds of problems. In any relationship, never let pride be your guide,
because pride is the root of every other sin.

The
Bible says in Philippians 2:3 "Do nothing
out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above
yourselves"
(NIV). Paul says that there are two conflict-creating kinds of
pride. One of them is selfish ambition and the other is vain conceit. Selfish
ambition says, "It's all about me" and vain conceit means, "I'm always right."

Selfish
ambition causes all kinds of problems. James 3:16 says, "Where you have envy
and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice." When
you find confusion at your workplace, your church, your home, in your marriage,
and even in the government, you can know that selfish ambition and jealousy are
causing it.

Vain
conceit is the attitude that you are always right. The Living Bible translation
of Philippians 2:3 says, "Don't live to
make a good impression on others."
We do this in every area of our lives, but
especially on social media. It's a great temptation to make yourself look
better on the Internet than you are.

In
Galatians, Paul lists about 17 effects of living with pride. He says when we
live a self-centered life, it shows up in all kinds of ways. He starts off by
saying things like self-indulgence shows up in sexual immorality and wild
partying and getting drunk. You would expect those things.

But
most of the things on the list are actually relational sins. Galatians 5:19-21
says, "When you follow the desires of
your sinful nature, the results are very clear ... quarreling, jealousy,
outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy.... Let me
tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not
inherit the Kingdom of God"
(NLT).

If
you want to be happy in your relationships, you've got to have harmony. And if
you're going to have harmony, you've got to have humility. Never let pride be
your guide.

Talk It Over

  • How would you describe the basis
    of your relationships? Are you in the relationship to serve yourself or
    others?
  • What are practical ways you can maintain humility in a
    relationship?
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