Friday, August 19, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

Read: 2 Corinthians 10:12-18 and Psalm 138

St. Paul is writing in response to someone else who has come along, claiming to be better than Paul and causing trouble for Paul and for the church, and all the while not having any sort of authority to do as he does. It’s possible he even reported Paul as being a draft dodger, which was a serious crime in those days.

Often we get so full of pride in ourselves that we end up acting foolishly. We think we’ve arrived, that we have all the answers. The worst part is when we’re right, even when we’re wrong. In other words, we don’t admit that we might not be right about a situation, even in the face of evidence. Instead, we’re so convinced of our own rightness that we reject contrary evidence and insist that our version is the correct one. At that point, no one can reason with us. We become so proud of ourselves that we fail to see people avoiding us because of our haughtiness.

Take some time to pray about this. Are you full of yourself? Are you always right? Do people dislike you or avoid you because you never admit to being wrong? Ask God to show you. Then, ask for his forgiveness. Finally, ask him to help you avoid this trap in the future.

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