The Pain of Pride
During World War II while my dad was in the service, I would stay with my mom's parents on their farm. While it wasn't all the time, it was for large blocks of time. Grandma used to pack boxes of clothing and other items for relatives in Hungary because of the hardships they went through. Once Germany surrendered, she shipped them to her relatives in hopes that they would receive them. My grandma was a very loving and giving person even though she was very poor in the eyes of her neighbors.
Every time family members visited, she went out of her way to show real hospitality. I watched as some would refuse her hospitality or reject gifts she wanted to send home with them. My grandma was giving out of love, but when they refused her hospitality or her gifts, she was crushed. To refuse her care was to refuse her love.
What I learned later was that their pride wouldn't allow them to receive her hospitality or gifts. They had to prove that they didn't need her help. They completely misunderstood the sacrifice of love. Love that doesn't cost you anything is not real love.
God offered His love to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is pride that causes us to reject His offer of salvation for our sins through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. In essence we are saying, "We can make it on our own, thank you!"
Here are some verses that will help you to understand that you can't make it on your own. Romans 3:10 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Don't let your pride get in the way of receiving God's gift of love.
In His Grace,
Ernest F. Brodie Sr