Why pride leads to problem

Believe in yourself! ‘Be proud of yourself, just as you are!’ `Do what your heart believes that is good, follow your heart!’ Statements like these are not just statements. They are a modern creed. A creed that is shared by many. Many have come to believe that we ourselves are the best place to look at, for what we should trust, what should decide what is good and wrong and what we should follow. The Bible disagrees. It says such pride leads to problems and is a problem itself. Even those who know that may not be inclined to agree. Neither did Peter, when Jesus spoke to him and encouraged him to be humble and not to believe in himself. Peter didn’t agree. Later on he learnt his lesson. In the letter he wrote he shares what he learnt and what we should better pay attention to.

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‘Unless you change’

In the famous novel of Jane Austen ‘Pride and prejudice’ (film version 2005) relationships are governed by bias and feelings of superiority. The risk of pride is everywhere. This Sunday we continue reading in the book of Daniel in the church service. In chapter 4 we meet an arrogant Babylonian king brought on his knees by a voice from heaven. ‘God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.’

Followers of Jesus are prone to seeking importance as well. At one occasion Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’ He took a little child as an example. Can we learn to be humble and assertive at the same time? See, hear in the service on Sunday 7th of October, a special service because of the dedication of two little children. (12 hrs 15, Génestetchurch, Oude Delft 102)

pastor Niek Tramper