Not identical twins, but close enough one can confuse their identity. Which of the twins do you think slipped from the womb first? We could go real deep and study Ezekiel 28.11-19…
“You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God…”
“Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.”
It’s similar to asking, “What came first the chicken or the egg!”
Regardless of birth order, these twins can be deadly and if we aren’t careful they can take us captive and hold us prisoner. It is a hard cell to break from. Let’s take this lesson to the here and now.
The Lord gave me a word years ago , “You are holding your husband captive in your prison of perfection.” I wanted things “just so” and I am married to a man who, yes, washes a sink full of dishes but doesn’t pick up the sink mat to see all the crud and grime that is left! I complained. I griped. I whined. And, then, bam….
(the daisy makes it seem less harsh)
Pride, noun: a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.
Simply put, “I” is at the center of pride. The Scriptures have a great deal to say about arrogance and pride. One only needs to do a word search to find many instances of God’s view on the word. There is a good kind of pride the Apostle Paul talks about in 2 Corinthians 7.1-4. But, I am not called to be an expository writer but one who nudges all of us to look inward and see what motivates and drives us in our day-to-day habits.
Pride in a relationship is lethal. Being prideful is never saying you are sorry or you are wrong and that festers and grows and before you know it, you are drowning in a tar pit of bitterness. It is so freeing to just admit, “I was wrong, please forgive me.” Those words don’t slide off the tongue easily, but you’d be surprised that with practice they get easier and easier!
Am I prIdeful in a not-good way? Am I allowing my perfectionist tendencies to infiltrate and infect my relationships? These are the questions I ask myself today.
Twin sisters, Perfection and Pride.
Do they live in your house?
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