“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil. When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:1-7)
Today’s Morsel: Pride seems to be center stage these days. Parents tells their kids they are proud of them. Teachers tell their students they are proud of them. Coaches tell their athletes they are proud of them. Commanders tell their soldiers they are proud of them. And if we are not careful, we can allow that pride to enter our hearts and cause us to think more highly of ourselves then we should. Paul told Timothy that in the last days men would be proud (2 Timothy 3:1-2). To me, pride is one of those downhill snowball affects. It starts out small but increases with the more accolades that are given and received. Solomon tells us that everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. He goes on to tell us, “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, …” (Proverbs 6:16-17). God hates pride. We must not allow pride to become a part of our lives. When we are told how good we do things, we must remain humble before our God and others. A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit (Proverbs 29:23).
Sing: What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow; no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Thought For Today: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).