TEXT: Matthew 23:1-12
TITLE: Pride Comes Before a Fall
“For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself, will be exalted.” Matt. 23:12
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone loathes when they see it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they’re guilty themselves and that’s pride. Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”
Pride is what caused the devil to become the devil. It’s that fallen, dark part of our nature that no one is quick to talk about. This text also speaks of pride’s anti type-humility. Jesus, who knows our condition and every thought once said, “Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” It seems pride also brings about a negative competitiveness in us. Lewis intimates, “If everyone was rich, or clever, or good looking, there’d be no pride about it. But pride comes about because we either are or think we are richer, or cleverer, or better looking than others.” Jesus not only is our example, but His Spirit brings about Godly humility in us. There is no competition or pride when it comes to being a Christian. He loves us all just the same! Our help in all things, including our attitude, is in the Lord.
Jesus, make my heart as Your heart; humble and gentle, in Your Name, Amen