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You know when I seem to struggle with pride the most? I find it's when I have been especially insecure: unsure of my abilities and down on myself. And my flesh thinks it needs an ego boost: a way to feel better about myself. What does it sound like? It is a swarmy, tempting voice whispering:
- you're better than her
- you're so smart -- you deserve to be praised
- you're so righteous -- better than those Christians over there
- look at you, with all your talents
Do you ever hear that voice? So many times have I heard that voice, and often pray to God to rescue. I don't want pride in my life, but how do I escape?
These verses spoke especially strongly this morning to me, about pride:
Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight...For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus...Where is boasting then? It is excluded.
Romans 3:20a, 23-24, 27a
We can never be justified, in our own strength. We can never be good enough, without Him. Our own greatness is never really that great.
Please, O God, remind me that I do not have to be better than anyone else, because we are all sinners saved by grace. Wrap me in your grace, so that pride's voice cannot even reach me.