“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:14-15)
Pride!!! Think of all the trouble that pride has caused for humanity. This is true at a global level, but is most noticeable at the interpersonal level. So many relationships are damaged by pride or from a symptom of pride. Biblically we have examples of pride: the disciples argued about who among them was the greatest, Saul in his jealousy set out to murder David and Joseph's brothers sold him into slavery.
Throughout history all have struggled with pride, except Jesus. Jesus in His humility "did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant" (Phil. 2:6,7). He set for each of us the ultimate example of humility by coming to earth to serve us. This attitude of a servant led him on a path of pain and suffering, but out of His love for us He considered it
worth the sacrifice.
Paul challenges us in Colossians to "clothe ourselves with humility." We must determine what this means for each of us within the context of our significant relationships. It will mean different things for different people depending on the person and the relationship. It may mean that we are to serve in a way like we never have before. It may mean that we need to allow another person to make the decision for a change (even if we think it's the wrong one). It may mean that we do those chores that we think are beneath us. Maybe we will need to surrender one of our hopes and dreams for the sake of the other person's hopes and dreams.
Regardless of what humility may mean for you in one of your significant relationships, the truth is that it will come at a cost. Being humble in its very essence requires one to make a sacrifice of some kind. For Jesus it meant that He had to become human and ultimately that He had to die a gruesome death!
Jesus, in his humility, considered us worth the cost of all the sacrifices that He needed to make. As followers of Jesus we need to follow the example that He gave us and in our humility consider others worth whatever sacrifice it may take to serve them. We have the
opportunity to defeat pride. Through humility and love, pride no longer needs to be a destructive force in our relationships.
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