ON CHRIS­TIAN­ITY

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - BILLY GRA­HAM

DEAR REV. GRA­HAM: I don’t see why some peo­ple say that pride is a sin. After all, if we take pride in our work, or if we’re proud of some­thing we’ve ac­com­plished in life, what’s wrong with that?

— D.W.P. DEAR D.W.P.: It’s not nec­es­sar­ily wrong to have a sense of ac­com­plish­ment over some­thing we’ve done well. After all, God wants us to do our best, and if we don’t take pride in what we do, we might end up being sat­is­fied with some­thing less than our best — or worse. The writer of Ec­cle­si­astes de­clared, “A per­son can do noth­ing bet­ter than to … find sat­is­fac­tion in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God” (Ec­cle­si­astes 2:24).

But pride be­comes a sin when it turns into ar­ro­gance and self-cen­tered­ness. When pride con­trols our lives, we end up think­ing we are bet­ter than any­one else. Pride­ful peo­ple also have lit­tle love or com­pas­sion for oth­ers, and are only in­ter­ested in them­selves. Most of all, a pride­ful per­son thinks they have lit­tle need for God, believ­ing their way is al­ways best. This is why pride is at the root of al­most ev­ery other sin, be­cause we think we can ig­nore God’s ways. No won­der the Bi­ble says, “The Lord de­tests all the proud of heart” (Proverbs 16:5).

Don’t let pride, or any­thing else, keep you from God. In­stead, ask God to help you see your­self the way He sees you — as some­one who has sinned against Him, and des­per­ately needs His for­give­ness. Then by faith turn to Je­sus Christ, ask­ing Him to for­give you, and thank­ing Him for His love.

In ad­di­tion, ask God to help you see oth­ers the way He sees them. God loves them just as much as He loves you, and He wants to use you to tell them of His love. Write to Billy Gra­ham in care of Billy Gra­ham Evan­ge­lis­tic As­so­ci­a­tion, 1 Billy Gra­ham Park­way, Char­lotte, N.C. 28201 or visit the web­site at bil­ly­gra­ham.org

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