December 19, 2014

PRIDE

Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Samuel 15:16-29

…be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5:5

It is interesting to note that God describes David as a man after his own heart. We all know that David was far from being perfect. Could it be that God was not looking for perfection? I believe that what makes us great in God’s sight is the manner in which we deal with our mistakes. Almost every person in the Bible made mistakes. From Adam to Peter, the Bible is replete with stories of impeachable offences. Yet, God has been merciful to his children.

When Saul made a mistake, he was confronted by the pastor of his day. Notice how Saul argued with the prophet Samuel. He insisted that he had not done anything wrong.

He argued that he had done the right thing. The evidence was there, yet he denied any wrongdoing. Compare this to David. When David was confronted by the pastor of his day (Nathan), he immediately said, “I have sinned.” He admitted his wrongdoing, although no one could have even proved it: 2 Samuel 12:9,13).

From my experience with handling people, I know that these two types of people are found in every day life. Decide to be a David who sees and admits faults easily. Remember this: Failure to admit faults is a manifestation of pride and stubbornness. God does not like proud people. The Bible says that He resists the proud!

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