False Pride

I know that this isn’t exactly an “uplifting” topic, but I think that it is a reality that I strongly suspect affects all of us, much more than we sometimes realize. And the negative ramifications of possessing “false pride” are numerous, and strongly warrant our consideration.

James 1:5 NASB tells us: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” I’ve asked God for His wisdom lots of times, and I believe that part of the wisdom God bestows on us, is our own self-realization, when comparing ourselves with one another and especially in our dealings with God. God’s Word tells us that the beginning of wisdom, the very beginning, is to fear Him (Proverbs 9:10). That would be fear as in having what I call, a “healthy respect” for God. Really considering who it is we are talking to or arguing with. God does invite us to reason with Him (Isaiah 1:18), but that doesn’t negate the reality that God is God, and He is holy (Leviticus 19:2).

Bearing in mind that I am just an average Christian layperson, in my mind, wisdom is learning how to incorporate God’s ways and God’s thoughts, into my own ways and thoughts, and part of that learning process is coming to grips with what constitutes God’s perceptions and how His perceptions often clash with my own. The difference between having knowledge and having wisdom; is that knowledge is where you know something about a given subject and wisdom is where you not only know, but you also possess the ability to effectively use what you know. The difference is huge. I may know that it is not good to be selfish, but knowing it is not good to be selfish and not being selfish, are two entirely different things. Jesus addresses this reality when He warns us about being a hypocrite, when we judge others and frequently give ourselves a pass on the same judgement we ascribe to others (Matthew 7:5). Knowing what “righteous” judgement is and personally exercising “righteous” judgement, are not one and the same thing. It’s easy to say, much harder to do.

In my quest to better understand God’s ways and thoughts, I look to Jesus and Jesus specifically told us to learn of Him, and that He is humble and gentle of heart (Matthew 11:29). 

Humble and gentle of heart. Who of us hasn’t had difficulty with maintaining that disposition? I know I certainly have. And when it comes to being humble and gentle of heart, I think that being susceptible to possessing false pride, is one of the biggest dangers Christians need to guard against.

False pride changes the words that we use when we speak or write.
False pride changes how we react.
False pride changes our tone.
False pride changes how we hear.
False pride changes how we see.
False pride changes how we feel. 
False pride changes what we may infer towards another.

False pride usually manifests itself when we place ourselves in a position of superiority. This “position” that we display is demonstrated by how we react when someone infers that our intelligence, as an example, is less than theirs. Most of us are able to recognize a condescending comment that is sent our way, when we see it. False pride can determine the words we use to defend “ourselves”. It determines our “tone” in how we respond. It clouds what we hear and what we see. 

The “humble and gentle heart” that Jesus frequently demonstrated, via His words, His tone, His perceptions directly from His Father and His reactions, spoke truth by addressing corrupted institutions for what they were, and from where they came, yet He offered hope for the individual, within those corrupted institutions and mistaken beliefs. Most times we are dealing with individuals, and we forget that, time and time again. The “institution” they may represent are one thing, but they individually, are another.

Jesus was able to masterfully navigate this terrain, me, not so much. Sometimes the very best that I can do is to just let the condescending remark go unchallenged; because to respond would be to respond in like kind. And when one comes face to face with these inferred innuendoes, or condescending remarks, that speak of the superiority of the other, over ourselves, one comes face to face with the essence of our former selves. And we have a choice, to give in, or to take the higher road. It is hard, extremely hard, because the essence of our self-focused ways, is to defend the false pride of ourselves.

Consider the words that Jesus gave us in Luke 6:27-36. There is only one way this guidance and directive Jesus gave us makes sense. Except for the grace of God, provided through His Son, we are no different from them. Psalm 14:3 NASB comes to mind:”They have all turned aside, together they are corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.” That would be you and that would be me, in and of ourselves. False pride loses sight of that.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

6 comments

  1. In the book of Micah chapter 6 it tells us to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God, and when we do that we will not become prideful. We should learn to walk with God and not run head of Him because when we do at times humans may feel that they are better than Him.
    Blessings
    Eileen

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    • Hi Eileen, it’s possible, I suppose, for some to think that; but that in itself would be hard to grasp. I think when we forget the mercy we’ve received and then fail to give it to others, who are in essence, just like us, possibly is more probably, but regardless, neither would be a good place to be. Blessings Eileen.

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      • I have said at different times when I preach what our world world be like if we did one act of kindness to another person someone we don’t know at all, our world would be beautiful, because we would be a reflection of who Christ truly is

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  2. “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3

    A truth that has been most freeing in my own experience is the truth that no two snowflakes are the same and His purpose for each of us is as unique and as necessary as every other member of His One Body. My gift and calling and its development are my responsibility to Him with Him being the measuring stick of my expression. I am in a race to be as pure an expression of Him by being freed from the need to compare myself with any other, for there is nothing to compare myself with. The rose feels no compulsion to measure itself by another flower…

    It occurred to me one day when Jesus said “greater things will ye do…” because He would go to the Father on our behalf to make it so. If His heart is being formed in me, it should become my desire to see my brother or sister excel beyond my limited seeing of Him. It is a grand thing to be a part of His Body where each member is endeavoring to see the growth and the development of Christ in one another.

    “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
    Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:3-5

    Appreciate the share!

    Blessings
    BT

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    • I agree with all that you stated, especially this quote “If His heart is being formed in me, it should become my desire to see my brother or sister excel beyond my limited seeing of Him. It is a grand thing to be a part of His Body where each member is endeavoring to see the growth and the development of Christ in one another.” Tunnel vision seems to be a preoccupation for far too many of us, and when we do become preoccupied, we lose sight of the wholeness of Christ in His church. Thank you for taking the time to comment BT, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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