About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetmam
If you obey God, like
God, you view pride and arrogant speech as being perverse and evil.
Proverbs 8:13 reads:
"To fear the LORD
is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech."
If you obey God, you
will exhibit wise humility instead of pride that is disgraceful.
Proverbs 11:12 reads:
comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
If you obey God, your
mouth will speak wisdom, not the words of pride-filled fools.
Proverbs 14:3 reads:
"A fool's mouth
lashes out with pride, but the lips of the
wise protect them."
If you obey God, you
will take seriously His warning that pride precedes destruction.
Proverbs 16:18 says:
goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
When Christians exhibit
a unholy arrogant defiance by saying, "No one, including
government, will tell me what to do.
I obey God, not man," they defy the very God they claim to
obey by disobeying Him.
Did Jesus exhibit
defiant arrogance? He
certainly did not. He
submitted Himself to God's standards of behaviour, despite the
consequences. Did the
apostle Paul exhibit defiant arrogance?
He did not. As it
pertains to government, he submitted as he taught in Romans 13:1 to 7
and as Jesus taught when He instructed us to give to Caesar that which
belongs to Caesar (Matthew 22:21). In
those few times when Paul intentionally obeyed God rather than man, he
respectfully and willingly submitted to being punished for his civil
disobedience, even if it meant his execution.
Look at what he said to the governing authorities in Acts 25:11.
"If, however, I am
guilty of doing anything deserving death,
I do not refuse to die."
It should be obvious to
us all that a life of godly humility, not prideful arrogance, is our
Biblical mandate. For the
record, humility doesn't suggest weakness.
It suggests strength. If
Paul was willing to die for his humble defiance to Rome, he would die without a fight, which eventually was his fate.
Paul possessed spiritual guts, something I wonder if those
expressing prideful arrogance possess today.
Arrogant pride is sin.
Let all people and nations be forewarned.
God's prophetic warning still stands.
Your prideful arrogance precedes your destruction.