Read Romans 12:9-21
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (Romans 12:16)
- Throughout Paul’s letters, he continually warns churches to flee from pride (Ephesians 4:1-2, Philippians 2:3)
- This isn’t contained to just Paul. This is a theme throughout the entirety of Scripture.
- Christian tradition and history ranks ‘pride’ as the chief sin.
- CS Lewis said: “Make no mistake about it; pride is the great sin.”
Why is pride so bad?
- Because pride cannot coexist with loving others.
- CS Lewis said this: “Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, contentment, or even common sense.”
- Pride tricks you into thinking you’re better than others and you can’t really love someone that you think you’re better than.
- If there is a division to be found, pride is at the centre of it. Because that’s what pride does. Pride drives disunity.
How to drop your ego
- One thing to know
- One thing to do
- One thing to pray
One thing to know:
- For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment. (Romans 12:3)
- The key to sober judgement is knowing the basis for your self-worth: your identity in Christ. If it’s in anything else – pride will pop up.
One thing to do:
- Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.(Romans 12:16b)
- Black or white, rich or poor, male or female, young or old (add in any other category you’d like) – each and every person was created in the image of God and is loved by God. Each and every person is designed by God and has intrinsic value solely because they are God’s and loved by Him.
- “We need not be ashamed to converse with the lowly in whom God died for.” – Matthew Henry
What does it take for you to associate with people who don’t look like you, don’t believe like you, and have a different opinion than you?
- Who do you need to say sorry to?
- Who do you need to serve?
- Who do you need to invite over to your house?
- What channel do you need to stop watching, which account do you need to stop following that keeps driving pride and creating disunity in your life?
One thing to pray:
- Lord, help me to see others the way you see them.
- Our lens for looking at people can get pretty foggy, pretty quick. But when we see them through the lens of God and his love shown through Jesus, pride and a ‘better than you attitude’ disappears quickly.