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The Veil of Pride

“For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.” 1 John 2:16 (NLT)

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Letting go of pride

Our daughter had a febrile seizure in an airport. It happened while we were buying coffee from Starbucks. Zach and I immediately began praying. Then, in Shellie-style, I frantically screamed,

Is there a doctor here?”

Our son Nate, four years old at the time, still remembers the moment. I was not too proud in a time of need to stand out. My baby needed help. As a testimony to God’s greatness, not just one, but two pediatricians came to her aid. It was as though angels were standing by.

Being real

Being veiled with pride looks different to everyone. Be real with yourself and others. Are you too proud to help without being asked? Are you too proud to step out in faith in fear you may fail in front of others? Are you too proud to ask for help when you need it?

Sweat drops of blood

Even Jesus asked his disciples to help in prayer before His arrest. Luke 22:43-44 states, “And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

The disciples were sleeping, not exactly supporting the Lord in his moment of need. Still needing extra strength, God sent an angel. Scripture records, “being in an agony.” It is easy to understand why Jesus was so troubled, knowing what he was preparing to face.

Compassionate or judgmental?

Are you compassionate when friends find themselves in anguish? Are you judgmental when they struggle with God’s sovereignty and you think they should have more self control and faith? Bryan Jarrett wrote in the book, Extravagant,

God is much more upset with our apathy than by our honest anger.

He describes that “some may find it completely irreverent to have a yelling match with God,” but “the Lord is never offended by our rigorous running after him.”

The challenge

Prayerfully consider the veil of pride that hinder deepening relationships with friends and, more importantly, with God.  Are you trying to be in control before your Creator? Why? He can be trusted with your heart!

How has the veil of pride affected you? Share your comments below.

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