Pride: The Bearer Of Sour Fruit

"What? Me? Prideful? Never!"

Pride is a funny word.  It has both a positive and negative meaning.  On one hand, pride is a good thing, like taking pride in your work, self-respect, or taking delight in something, such as your children.  But then on the other hand, pride can mean conceitedness, or an over-exaggerated display of self-worth.  Leave it to humans to take something good and turn it into something bad with our sinful, self-glorifying nature! Continue reading

Forgiveness: Loving the Unlovely

Forgiveness is not only a gift to others. It is a gift to ourselves so that we can heal and move on.

 

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.

Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you.

Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”  (Luke 6:37)

If someone hit your car and it was clearly their fault, is it easier to forgive the person who is gravely apologetic and truly concerned if you are injured, or the person who gets in your face yelling and screaming with insults and profanity?  The answer is obvious.  However, God wants us to forgive both.  I know…“Easier said than done!” Continue reading

Anger: Why Do I Get So Angry And What Does God Think?

“My dear brothers and sisters,

be quick to listen, slow to speak,

and slow to get angry.  Your anger can

never make things right in God’s sight.

(James 1:19-20)

Anger is NEVER pretty!

Why do some people get so angry?  What is anger?  Anger is really an emotional reaction to pride.  The offense of selfish pride is truly the root of anger.  In other words, anger is saying, “I am right, and you are wrong!  How dare you offend me!”  or “How dare you treat me like that or keep me waiting?  Do you know who I am?”  Even if you were the victim of a horrible act, like sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse, Continue reading