For my 200th post on my blog, I'd like to talk about pride. (Did you see that? I gave myself, a subtle pat on the back to begin our conversation about pride.)
Pride is a subtle and other times not-so-subtle thing.
We all know what pride looks like. We all have moments when we believe our pride is justified, so we'll skip that in our conversation today. Instead, let's talk about WHY love is not proud.
Why would God, through Paul, write to us that love is not proud? Is there room for pride in love?
When we think of love, the kind of love Jesus has for us, the kind of love that was strong enough to keep Jesus on a cross to die for you and for me, I think we would have to answer “no, there is not room for pride in love.” If Jesus was prideful, He would have wanted to prove Himself on the cross. He would have wanted to lash back or defend Himself. Instead, He humbly accepted every blow and let every drop of blood flow down His brow in love.
If I am prideful I am focused on myself, my attributes, my successes or failures. You can't be focused on yourself and love someone else at the same time. If Jesus would have focused on His own body, His own pain, His own anguish, He NEVER would have died on that cross. Rather out of LOVE for His Father and for YOU and me, He stayed on that cross and breathed His last. He was focused on LOVING you and I into the kingdom.
He wasn't worried about what other people thought about Him. He didn't care if they all thought He was a liar. He had two missions.
1. Be obedient to God.
2. Love you and me.
What would happen if we had this same kind of love? What would it look like if I was more interested in loving someone else than making a name for myself?
I wouldn't have to promote myself or defend myself. I could simply focus on loving others like Christ loves me.
Isn't that why we are alive? To love God and love people?
So let's shift our focus off us telling the world how great we are, and let's focus on telling the world how amazing Jesus is! If we stop talking about ourselves and begin talking about Him, eternity will be changed forever.
Here is your challenge: The next time you are tempted to share some great accomplishment you or your child has made, stop and ask yourself, does this draw attention to me or Jesus? Let the Holy Spirit lead your conversation from there.
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Have a great day! Jesus loves you!!