Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions – #12

Resolved, If I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.

One thing we need to be extremely aware of is the sinfulness of pride. It’s an extremely destructive sin and actually played into the very first sin. Adam & Eve were convinced that they could be better Gods than God, and so their prideful thoughts puffed them up, they indulged, and the rest is known. Pride leads us to be extremely self-focused and self-glorifying, rather than Christ-exalting, and it’s an extremely dangerous sin–if undelt with–to lay hold of us.

“The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.” ~ Prov. 8:13 (ESV).

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” ~ Prov. 11:2 (ESV).

“But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive.” ~ Jer. 13:17 (ESV).

The bible has much to say on pride, and I think it’s a sin that we need to be very mindful of. I find this quote extremely applicable to countering the false claims and dangers of pride: “Daily, preach the Gospel to yourself.”

We must be in constant meditation, examining ourselves to affirm that our steps are pure–or right in heart.

We must be aware of any pride that may be creeping its way into our lives.

And when we acknowledge that pride is present, may we have the boldness, and the grace from God to, as Jonathan Edwards says: “immediately throw it by.”

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