Beware of Pride!

Five little fingers living in harmony on a beautiful young maiden’s hand. Then comes the day the love of her life puts shining and sparkling ring on her finger. That changes the whole chemistry among the fingers because pride starts consuming Ring Finger. She starts swelling with pride, and with the swelling starts to hurt because the ring doesn’t grow with the swelling. Finally someone has to come and cut the ring off the finger…

That is in a nut shell the story I’ve been working on as a warning to beware of pride. Pride can creep in very subtlety. God warns us in his Word

Proverbs 3:33-35
The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise inherit honor, but fools he holds up to shame.

1 Peter 5:5
Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Romans 12:14-18
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Proverbs 16:5,6
The Lord detests all the proud of heart. 
Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

It’s not a bad idea to examine ourselves with the Word. We never know when someone can “put a ring on our finger” and we swell with pride. This is a prayer to keep us humble:

Psalm 139:23,24

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know
my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive
way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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