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Deadly arrogance


You save the humble
 but bring low those whose eyes are haughty
Psalms 18:27

It seems incredible that at this point in world history man has not realized the truth of the statement of today’s portion. God hates arrogance, period. How is it that so few people can understand this? In my opinion, the fact that most of humanity still thinks it’s better to be haughty than humble is a clear demonstration of the power of the flesh or sinful nature of man over man. Regardless of socio-economic status, education level, age, gender, nationality or skin color, all human beings are victims of their pride. We can trace the source of pride to no other than the enemy of our souls, Satan, who despite the privileged position that he had within creation he thought everything was a result of his own efforts, wisdom and his perfect beauty. It was because of his beauty that he was filled with pride and because of his splendor that his wisdom was corrupted .

Our sinful nature is a very powerful force which can easily lead us into the sin of pride. Our own strength is not sufficient to overcome this powerful force that threatens the stability of our relationship with God. Only the power of God, which is superior to anything visible or invisible in the universe can overcome and control this dreadful enemy of our holiness. That is why we must rely on God’s power to resist the attacks of our own flesh and of the enemy and come out on top of the test. If we put our trust in anything other than the power of God we will be doomed to failure and pain. Let us entrust, then, every day our life and our relationship with God to him and only to him. Let us recognize his authority and dominion over our lives and let us go forward trusting in his power to protect us from evil. Only to God be the glory!

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Disdain


those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;
Proverbs 30:13

From the moment Satan was able to place the seed of pride in the heart of Eve, man has been characterized, with few exceptions, as being a source of endless pride. Everyone has a reason, however trivial it may seem, to consider themselves better than others and, paradoxically, even those who are most deprived of anything that could become a source of pride always find something by which to feel superior to others. Arrogance is something that is deeply rooted in our nature and it is one of the most difficult things to remove. Pride is the direct cause of xenophobia and those who are victims of this despicable hostility can always find someone to whom they can project a hatred similar to the one they are receiving. Most surprising of all is that many of those who consider that they excel at what they do the vast majority of the time do not possess the qualities they believe they have.

The Lord demands of their children to act with justice, mercy and meekness. The apostle Paul told the Galatians that each one must examine his own behavior and that if anyone had something to boast, not compare it to anyone. And to the Philippians he said that their attitude should be that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Let us follow the example left to us by the Lord Jesus Christ and let’s get rid of any trace of pride that wants to keep rooted in our hearts. Let us submit to the Lord Jesus so he can transform our hearts. To God alone be the glory!