Read: II Corinthians 12:1-10
Think: One of Paul’s most famous teachings is found in II Corinthians 12. His words about pride are timeless as they reach into the heart of every reader in any culture or generation. Pride has been called the worst of the “7 Deadly Sins.” C.S. Lewis, author of Mere Christianity called pride the “greatest” sin—the “chief cause of misery in every nation and family since the world began.” Paul—who wrote much of the New Testament—had much to boast about, yet he wrote, “So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three times I begged God to take it away. Each time he said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness’. . . .I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Wow.
Act: Everyday that we read in God’s Word, we will be challenged to think and live different—set apart from the world. Everyday God’s Word will remind you that Christ endured suffering, and so will every man or woman who chooses to live the Christian life! The entire Bible—New Testament and Old Testament readings—reveals to its readers more about God, His Son, and His Holy Spirit and what pleases Them. We find through the Word of God that God’s ways are not our ways. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. Therefore, to read daily, is to learn more about God and how to live with Him and for Him. Today, allow God to give you His perspective on pride in your life. Ask Him to strengthen you.
Pray: Dear Jesus, I am growing more and more in my understanding of You. I want to know You better so that I can make You known. Help me surrender my pride. Show me how to be a more humble servant and ambassador for the Lord Jesus Christ right where I live and work. I need Your strength. I love You, Lord! Amen.
Be full of faith today!