He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife. (Proverbs 29:25)
It’s so easy to fall into strife with someone… no matter how much we pray and fast.
It’s like that “old man” is lurking in the shadows… he gets his life from our pride, finding strength in the strife that results.
Christians, we’re not doormats, but that pride that rises up in us needs to die… somehow to be starved.
It’s only through embracing the dealings of God that this happens. That hand of authority over us that humbles our hearts, softening us, refining us to reflect His own heart.
Religion thrives on pride. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Our only hope is the cross! That continuing outworking in us of that complete work he’s accomplished… that work our pride so resists.
- Mark Saunders