King Solomon Wants To Curb Your Arrogance Today
"There is a principle of selfishness that lives within us that wants to think more of ourselves by putting down all the people that we know. It is a mistake to give into those mental impulses. Those ways of thinking bring certain sinful pleasure and satisfaction, but they do not produce true happiness. This comes from meeting the needs of others." - Principles To Live By - Dr. Gill
Are you guilty of sin today?
You may be shocked by this question. Surely, you know that you are not guilty of any sin. You would never think of sinning. Of course, when you think of sin, you are thinking of such acts as: adultery, fornication, stealing, lying, cheating, smoking, drinking, cursing, idolatry, or even engaging in certain worldly pleasures.
Nonetheless, King Solomon in Proverbs 14:21 addressed a sin that most would like to overlook and that is the sin of arrogance.
Proverbs 14:21 says - "He that despiseth his neighbor sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he."
What did Solomon mean by this statement? How do you know when you are despising your neighbor?
That word "despise" means to hold as insignificant or to scorn. What Solomon was saying was that there will be people - companions, friends, or those who you know personally - who will have legitimate needs. To "despise" them is to look down on them because they have a need or are going through a difficult time or low circumstance in their life. To "despise" them is to believe that you are superior and wiser than them and that is why you are not affected by this same problem.
To do such a thing is to sin greatly. You are guilty of a heinous crime in God's sight. Resultantly, you will be reckoned and dealt with as a sinner. You will be condemned and punished - unless you repent of your arrogance, haughtiness, and selfishness.
God calls the person - "happy" - who is merciful to the brother or sister in affliction or who helps the one who is in need. Having more power...a higher position...and belittling others does not produce happiness. On the contrary, having compassion on the suffering one in his distress by relieving him opens the door to true happiness and abundant blessings from God. It is well pleasing in His sight to see His children being generous and meeting the needs of another.
Have you despised a brother or sister who is undergoing tough times? Have you looked down on another because they had legitimate needs?
Then you are guilty of sin! You have committed the sin of arrogance - which in the sight of God is no different than adultery, fornication, pornography, lying, idolatry, etc.
"There is a principle of selfishness that lives within us that wants to think more of ourselves by putting down all the people that we know..."
Do you have that "principle" operating in your heart today?
I think it's time for some serious heart-searching, don't you?
May God Bless His Word.
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