by Ernest Easley

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Wisdom for the Prideful (12 of 12)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Proverbs 6.16-17
September 2, 2001

We are sharpening up our skills for godly living
these Sunday nights from the book of Proverbs. This
series of messages fall under the heading: GOT WISDOM?
And tonight from Proverbs 6... we are thinking about
Wisdom for the Prideful.
Now don't get the idea that all pride is sinful.
There is such a thing as sinless pride. We ought to
take pride in our work... in our families... in our
appearance. There is nothing wrong with saying, "I am
proud of you."
I read about a couple who had been married 60
years. One night they were sitting on the porch swing
and the husband had a romantic twinge. Well... his
wife of 60 years had become hard of hearing and so he
got right in her face and said, "Honey, I'm so proud
of you." She looked at him and said, "Huh?" He said,
"I said I am so proud of you." She said, "Speak up, I
cannot hear you." He said, "I am so proud of you."
She said, "Yeah... Yeah! I'm tired of you too."
The Bible never condemns being proud of somebody or
for somebody doing a good job. In fact... the Bible
says to "give honor where honor is due."
Galatians 6.4, "But let each one examine his own
work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself
alone, and not in another." NIV, "Each one should
test his own actions. Then he can take pride in
himself, without comparing himself to somebody else."
That's the key to sinless pride! When you
measure your work/decisions up against the Bible and
you score a high mark... you honor God.
Self-esteem is not pride. If fact... you ought
to have a healthy dose of self-esteem. Now... some
people try to get their self-esteem from being
accepted by somebody or some group. They say, "If the
cheerleaders accept me, I must be somebody! I must be
important." Or, "if that group accepts me, I must be
a somebody." And a lot of people lo ...

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