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PUFFED UP?

October 27, 2009 1 comment

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I wish you could have heard the message that Justin Gerhardt (my good friend and coworker) shared Sunday morning at Henderson on pride. It was exceptional. A large part of what made it exceptional was that he helped us to see the pride in our hearts by asking several pointed questions. Then he offered four practical suggestions for overcoming pride. I’ve included them below because I’m confident that they will challenge you (as they did me) to deal with the pride in your heart.

Here are the seven diagnostic questions:

  1. How difficult is it for you to submit to other people?
  2. How do you feel when someone tells you you’re wrong? Or attempts to give you input?
  3. How often do you compliment your peers?
  4. When’s the last time you listened intently and appreciatively to advice?
  5. How much more do you like giving advice than receiving it?
  6. How often do you ask for help?
  7. How easy is it for you to say, “I’m sorry; I was wrong” to the people closest to you?

If your answers to some of those questions uncovered your pride, then perhaps you should consider giving these suggestions a try:

  1. LISTEN to the people around you, humbling yourself enough to see wisdom in their advice, correction, and counsel.
  2. LOOK for strengths in the people around you; not weaknesses.
  3. PRAY for humility. It’ll be the scariest prayer you ever pray, but if you trust God you’ll be able to pray it.
  4. SPEND TIME with God. The closer you get to him, the smaller you’ll look.

[NOTE: You can listen to the sermon by going to the church’s website and clicking the media tab.]

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