Pride Causes Us to Be Contentious

In a certain pond, there were two ducks and a frog who were neighbors and the best of friends. They played together all day long during the summer time. But as the cold drew near and the water dried up, the ducks realized they would have to move. This would be easy for them, but … More

Pride

A person may be rich and have all kinds of material things but have nothing spiritually. Another person may be poor materially speaking but rich spiritually (v. 7). It is sad to see but those who posses riches often put their trust in their possessions. The rich man may need to use his money to buy himself out of trouble but the poor man is not threatened with someone taking his things (v. 8).

A MAN IS RICH ACCORDING TO WHAT HE IS AND NOT BY WHAT HE HAS.

It is an old saying that “it takes two to make a quarrel.” Just mark it down .. whenever you are at odds with someone else . . . pride is heavily involved. Pride causes us to be contentious with those who contradict us in opinion or personal desire (v. 10). It is easy to develop over the years an over-evaluation of our abilities and even grace. Pride loves to be paraded and will go to great ends to get the applause of men. When contention enters, what used to be a beautiful friendship is now a fallout. An example of this is the strife that came between the herdsmen of Abraham and Lot. We need to learn the lesson of how Abraham dealt with this problem of offering first choice to the man who really had no title whatsoever to the land which God had given to Abraham.

Application

It is sad to see how pride causes contention in families and churches. You need to humbly ask God to reveal the hidden serpent of pride in each member of your family and ask Him to protect you from outbursts of temper, unloving judgments, impatience and a stubborn self-will. Memorize together (Rom. 12:18) and apply it today!!

Proverbs 13:6-13 (English Standard Version)

Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked. One pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. The ransom of a man's life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat. The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked will be put out. By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom. Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

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