Pride and shame, integrity and guidance

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Proverbs 11

2     When pride comes, then comes shame;

But with the humble is wisdom.

3     The integrity of the upright will guide them,

But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them.

Satan’s besetting sin was pride. He said in his heart that he deserved to be with God, equal with God. At that point, Satan lost fellowship with God and was kicked out of heaven. As we read through the history of the Scriptures, we will see many who were brought down by pride in their hearts. From king Nebuchadnezzar to king Saul to Ananias and Saphira, pride was and is a destructive sin. In fact, twice the Scriptures said, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.” In Proverbs we read that of the six things the Lord hates, “a proud look” is at the top of the list.

In today’s verses it is stated that pride and shame go together. We have all both experienced this and have seen this in those around us. The shame that follows pride puts us back in the correct perspective, the place we are supposed to live. Back in the place of humility we find the wisdom we need. Verse 3 tells us that in humble integrity we will find the guidance that we need. Where we should go for guidance? We tend to look to the great people for guidance instead of seeking the counsel of those who have integrity.

What we have here is a warning against pride and an instruction of who to go to for counsel. Perhaps we should strive to be people of integrity first and foremost. At that point we will become guides of our own lives and then be prepared to give wise guidance to others.

 

Yesterday was a great day of ministry in the body of Christ. K, P, and S submitted to God in believer’s baptism. We went to the condominium of a church member and used a beautiful pool for the baptistery. We rejoiced with them late into yesterday and are still thanking God today.

There is an election here next week. Pray for God to leave the door open for all religions to be free to worship. This is a major election and the results are statistically very close.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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