Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalms 51:17)
Today's Morsel: Someone gave me a paper that lists the difference between proud people and broken people. I wish I knew who gave it to me so that I might give them the proper credit for sharing it. But anyhow, I would like to share it with you as I think we should all be aware of these things.
- Proud people are self-righteous; they look down on others.
- Broken people esteem all others better than themselves.
- Proud people focus on the failures of others
- Broken people are overwhelmed with a sense of their own spiritual need.
- Proud people desire self-advancement.
- Broken people desire to promote others.
- Proud people have a drive to be recognized and appreciated.
- Broken people have a sense of their own unworthiness; they are thrilled that God would use them at all.
- Proud people feel confident in how much they know.
- Broken people are humbled by how very much they have to learn.
- Proud people are self-conscious.
- Broken people are not concerned with self at all.
- Proud people are quick to blame others.
- Broken people accept personal responsibility and can see where they are wrong in a situation.
- Proud people are unapproachable or defensive when criticized.
- Broken people receive criticism with a humble, open spirit.
- Proud people find it difficult to share their spiritual need with others.
- Broken people are willing to be open and transparent with others as God directs.
- Proud people have a hard time saying, “I was wrong; will you please forgive me?”
- Broken people are quick to admit failure and to seek forgiveness when necessary.
- Proud people tend to deal in generalities when confessing sin.
- Broken people are able to acknowledge specifics when confessing their sin.
- Proud people wait for the other to come and ask forgiveness when there is a misunderstanding or conflict in a relationship.
- Broken people take the initiative to be reconciled when there is misunderstanding or conflict in relationships; they race to the cross; they see if they can get there first, no matter how wrong the other may have been.
- Proud people compare themselves with others and feel worthy of honor.
- Broken people compare themselves to the holiness of God and feel a desperate need for His mercy.
- Proud people are blind to their true heart condition.
- Broken people walk in the light.
- Proud people don’t think they have anything to repent of.
- Broken people realize they have need of a continual heart attitude of repentance.
- Proud people don’t think they need revival, but they are sure that everyone else does.
- Broken people continually sense their need for a fresh encounter with God and for a fresh filling of His Holy Spirit.
We should always remember that the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, God, will not despise (Psalms 51:17). And every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD, and he shall not be unpunished (Proverbs 16:5)
Sing: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me; Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me; Cast me not away from Thy presence, O God; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me, the joy of Thy Salvation; and renew a right spirit within me.
Thought for today: Pride always go before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.