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
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.
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.
The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
6 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: