- Pride may be expressed in different ways:
- by taking personal credit for gifts or possessions, as if they had not been received from God
- by glorying in achievements, as if they were not primarily the result of divine goodness and grace
- by minimizing one’s defects or claiming qualities that are not actually possessed
- by holding oneself superior to others or disdaining them because they lack what the proud person has
- by magnifying the defects of others or dwelling on them.
1 John 2:16
16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world.
6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Pride goes before destruction,
and a haughty spirit before a fall.
|This picture went viral around the Philippine netosphere |
when the Napoles scandal broke out.
- In itself, however, and in so far as it implies simply an excessive desire of, or pleasure in, riches, it is commonly not a mortal sin.
A greedy man brings trouble to his family, but he who hates bribes will live.Proverbs 15:27
2 Peter 2:3
James 3:14-16In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
14But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
|The infamous picture of Sophia Lauren "eyeing" Jayne Mansfield's bosom|
he and the Father "are one". Totally no power play and no envy on his part.
Proverbs 14:30A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Psalm 37:1Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
|Jesus teaches us that it is not a sin to get angry,|
especially if it is righteous anger as in the case of his cleaning out the Temple.
But he also reminds us that in "our anger, we should not sin."
Bible Verses to Live By:Romans 12:19
Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”James 1:19-20
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift…”
|Women were respected and treated with kindness by our Lord Jesus |
Christ. This was the Samaritan woman at the well whom Jesus asked water from.
Bible Verses to Live By:
1 Peter 2:11Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body.
Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
|Jesus would always eat with his apostles. He even drank some wine with them. |
He also ate with sinners and tax collectors. Eating is a great way to have fellowship with people but always with moderation.
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty:and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard.Proverbs 23:2
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [be] a man given to appetite.
|A real-life picture taken of a tambay (Filipino word for jobless) lazily sitting|
while some American/Canadian volunteers paint and build his house.
|Jesus had only 33 years to live on earth; of these, three of which were supposedly|
spent on his ministry. For sure, He never wasted any minute fulfilling the Father's Work!
2 Thessalonians 3:10
10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
1 Timothy 5:8
8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Ash Wednesday -- the start of the Lenten season.
Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Pentecostal Christians, Evangelical Christians, Baptist Christians, etc...
-- no matter what denomination.
- GLUTTONY and
- RIGHT JUDGMENT
- PIETY and
- REVERENCE or FEAR OF GOD
Winner all around!!!
Whose team are you on?