The Love of One's Own Excellence

We have all experienced arrogant, prideful and wicked people. If not you may be living in a cave somewhere. It’s very hard for me to be around someone who is filled to the brim with pride and maintain a good attitude. After a certain point I’m tempted to smack them. Not nice but true. I do realize there isn’t much separation between my actions and their attitude if I do smack them.

The bible has much to say about arrogance and humility. It’s a bit like choosing the high road or the low road. It is pretty plain to me from the following passages how God feels about a prideful person.

The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished. Prov 16:5

I know I have had to repent on more than one occasion because of a prideful attitude. I don’t want God to resist me. Instead I want to take a hard look at myself and to do my best to walk in the light. Let’s face it, sometimes it’s downright hard to “live in the world” and not be “of the world.”

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6

A prideful attitude will keep God far from me. Though the Lord is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar. Ps 138:6

Have you heard of the old turtle who wanted to spend the winter in Florida, but he knew he could never walk that far. He convinced a couple of geese to help him, each taking one end of a piece of rope, while he clamped his viselike jaws in the center.

The flight went fine until someone on the ground looked up in admiration and asked, “Who in the world thought of that?”

Unable to resist the chance to take credit, the turtle opened his mouth to shout, “I did—”

We have monitors to measure our blood pressure, our blood sugar and all sorts of other things. We also have the bible to measure our pride.

2 comments for “The Love of One's Own Excellence

  1. jel
    May 28, 2010 at 5:36 am

    hey living in a Cave knot that bad! 😉

    have a safe and fun weekend!

  2. May 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    There is a reason why there are no awards for humility.

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