from my sermon on James 4:1-10:
Here’s our problem:
Why does our anger flare when somebody cuts us off in traffic?
Why are we so hurt (mad) when we aren’t invited to an event that most of our friends are?
Why do we resent those at work, at home, or at church who don’t seem to appreciate or even recognize our contributions?
Why do we get so aggravated with people who don’t handle matters as well as we think we could?
The reason is pride. Pride destroys our relationships with others and with God. And when pride is in control, friction is prevalent.
Pride is a big monster that hides very easily in our culture.
As children we are told to take pride in our work. We are told to look out for number one. We are told to get all we can, while we can. So it’s really no wonder we fight pride when we get older.
As followers of Christ, we need to re-examine our hearts and find where pride may be hiding.
Though pride can be a virtue in our culture, it is a cancer in our relationship with our Creator.
Here’s the solution:
The desire of our flesh is that we would exalt ourselves. We want to be known and we want to be heard. And God wants to exalt us but it will be in His time and by His hand and not our manipulation or evil doing.
Think about why you criticize someone. Do you think it’s merited or is it your attempt to exalt yourself over someone else?
Would our lives not be better if we lived within an attitude of humility?
Would our relationships be better if we humbled ourselves and put others needs or wants before our own?
Wasn’t this the attitude of Christ?
Do humility and criticizing or judging others really fit together?
When we realize that there is one judge over all of the earth and it is not us then we should be slower to criticize others.
If we will humble ourselves and place God where He belongs in our life then we will find ourselves being exalted by the Father and it will be right and not from our hands.