Our relationships are so fragile.
We are so easily offended,
so easily misunderstood,
so quick to judge each other.
Without your Holy Spirit as umpire in our lives,
we so quickly default to selfishness, pride and self-exaltation.
It is so easy for our flesh to want all the attention,
to want to be the one who is “special”,
the one who stands out in a crowd.
Even those of us, who are the “shy” ones,
may not want to give a speech,
however, we still want everyone to think we are wonderful.
How often do we get jealous when it is someone else getting the praise?
How often do we feel competitive when someone else is getting the credit?
It is a battle of the flesh.
When we are walking in the Spirit,
we win the fight and are humble, thankful and gracious.
When we are walking in the flesh, we stumble
into pride, resentment, jealousy, self-pity, judgment, and discouragement.
We are all human and fight this battle to some degree.
Some are more mature than others.
Nevertheless, victory comes from the LORD!
He is our strength.
Only by yielding to the Holy Spirit can we win over pride,
only by denying ourselves and submitting to Christ.
The thing about pride is that it can hide in the heart.
It is not always visible to others at first.
We have to look inside our own hearts, examine ourselves,
to see where our heart is, to see what our heart is filled with.
LORD, I pray my heart will be filled with
love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
Help me to be kind, gracious and forgiving to others.
Help me to weep when others weep and to rejoice when others rejoice.
Help my focus to be so centered on my Lord Jesus Christ,
that I will forget myself.
Cleanse my heart of pride, jealousy and self-exaltation.
May the light of Jesus Christ shine through me!
Galatians 5:13-15, 26