The danger of Pride – How to know if you have been trapped

Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good – above all, that we are better than someone else – I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil.~C.S. Lewis

This is a quote from Mere Christianity. I hope to finish the book by Friday and move on to my next book.

My thoughts

Here are some thoughts from my reading of Mere Christianity and meditation on scriptures.

There is really nothing a Christian can boast about. Everything we have is given to us by God! Even the will to work hard and the ability to work hard is only possible by the grace of God.

Each time we see that we are better than we used to be, we should be thankful to God for his mercies.

When we see other people at the place we used to be, we should be hopeful that they too will move on. We should be patient and supportive especially when we see them trying to move forward.

When we see those who we think are so bad, you can’t imagine how anyone can be so bad, give thanks to God for your parents or the people around you that helped you to be who you are and for God’s mercies.

I am who I am by the grace of God. That is what the Apostle Paul said and it is true of us too. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

So are you proud?

Author: Ade

A passionate follower of Jesus Christ, husband of a beautiful wife, father of two boys, and a pastor of a very loving church family. I love to play around with websites, blogs and also love reading.

2 thoughts on “The danger of Pride – How to know if you have been trapped”

  1. Good post pastor. The question that typically come up with this topic is the power of choice. Where do we separate God’s ability and will in us vs the choice we make to tap into them. Someone may continue to make wrong choices even when the better choices have been made available. Do we say then that the one who made better choices has better grace than the one who didn’t?

    1. Thanks Cynthia for bringing this up. The point here is we do not know if we would have made better choices than the other person if we were in exactly the same situation as them. It is impossible to know exactly what a person is going through unless we are them (which we are not).
      Since there are no two exact persons on earth, no one has the right to think they are better than anyone. None of us has the right to say, I’m sure I would do better if I were him. It does not stop us from recognizing good and bad choices. That does not mean that as leaders and coaches we cannot correct or discipline those whom we are trying to train.
      What it means is that we cannot look down on anyone because of their wrong choices! Rather we give thanks to God for the grace and mercy we received and prayerfully help our neighbor.
      I believe grace from God is constant!

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