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Pride That Leads To Problems

"According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that are mere flea bites in comparison..... Pride leads to very other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind."

From Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis

Disagreements over what the Bible teaches have plagued those who want to follow Jesus' teaching that His followers "all be one" from Jn.17:20-21... He prayed that we all be one, just as He and the Father were one. That is why a biblical matter where there is broad agreement stretching across time, deserves more than just passing attention. Peter's powerful words regarding submission bring up a rare area of agreement among those who claim Christ as the Lord. Spanning a great gulf of time and space, great minds like C. S. Lewis have agreed that the most fundamental of human sins is pride.. Pride is a sin that spawns arrogance and refuses submission. In the garden of Eden, Eve saw a fruit that she surmised was good to eat, even though she had plenty of good stuff to eat already. Though that particular fruit was forbidden by God to eat, there was that looming temptation of wanting to be like God. In my quote from C. S. Lewis, he looks at "pride" as the ultimate evil, as he calls it "the complete anti-state of mind".... This section of 1st Peter deals with submission, and it seem from reading it that Peter had his hands full when he urged Christians to submit. I think that pride submits only out of necessity, and then reluctantly... Pride is the antithesis of submission. Peter, in his own spirit inspired way, boldly takes on the self-willed arrogance that has plagued humans from the beginning of time. For the next few days, we will look at pride and its intimate relationship to submission. In the countless cases where right and wrong are not at issue, for the sake of peace and order, Peter says that Christians ought to swallow their pride and be willingly submissive. There are some tough lessons to be learned here...

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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