Pride

There are 26 different character traits that I focus on as I press on toward Christ like character. Instead of looking at my behavior in general I find it very helpful to look at myself in specific areas of character. I focus on one a week and rotate through the list twice each year. This week the character trait I am focusing on is humility as apposed to pride. One of the things that I do is look up a number of verses on the character trait and read them often during the week or memorize some of them. One of those verses for this week is Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor.” This is a very interesting verse because the motive of pride is honor. We crave it having been created in God’s image with glory and honor, but having lost it when we sinned and continue to sin. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” In our pursuit of honor we develop bad habits in relationships, self absorbed ways of thinking, and ways of talking designed in our head to attract some glory into our life. One aspect of humility is transparency, not projecting an image, not ignoring, blaming others for, or justifying our sins when we commit them. Our natural inclination in pursuing honor and glory is just exactly the opposite of what really works. Every single day, ending the day with a short time of self examination and confession of sin is so important.

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