Pride's a vicious thing. It takes you from the high of feeling "I'm the greatest" to the pits of despair in seconds. Pride can even sneak up on me while I'm teaching God's Word. When it seems like I'm connecting with peoples’ hearts and it’s building them up, suddenly instead of thanking the Spirit for His work, I begin to think about how good a communicator and smart I must be. But then a word of criticism comes after the meeting or by email and my feelings of elation plunge into the pit of despair with thoughts, "Maybe I should stop preaching and teaching." All this is not humble or modest. It is blatant pride. Paul gave the Corinthians the way out of this self-focused maze when he taught us that Jesus' love must have top priority. We must speak the truth of God in love. The goal is not my success or recognition, but allowing the Spirit of Jesus to express this love to others and generating this love in their daily lives. What the world needs now is not just love, sweet love, but the love of 1 Corinthians 13 that flows only from the heart of the Savior who died and rose again for us.

 

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