Pride or Privilege but Not Both

Written Wednesday, May 21st 2008 – Posted Monday, May 26th 2008

Pride or Privilege but Not Both

    As Children of God, we are endowed with certain privileges that others do not tend to enjoy.  Pride however, can place a steel barrier between God, those privileges and us.  Pride is sly, hideous, deceitful, and often very destructive.  We can chose to have pride and the momentary satisfaction it offers or we can chose to be privileged and enjoy the long-term effects of living a godly life.

Pride and privilege are defined in the Encarta World English Dictionary the following way:

Pride
satisfaction with self: the happy satisfied feeling somebody experiences when having or achieving something special that other people admire

feeling of superiority: a haughty attitude shown by somebody who believes, often unjustifiably, that he or she is better than others
source of personal satisfaction

group of lions: a group of lions, usually consisting of up to a dozen related adult females, their cubs and juveniles, plus from one to six adult males 

Privilege
restricted right or benefit: an advantage, right, or benefit that is not available to everyone 

rights and advantages enjoyed by elite: the rights and advantages enjoyed by a relatively small group of people, usually as a result of wealth or social status

a system founded on privilege

give somebody special rights: to grant special rights or benefits to somebody or something

grant exemption to somebody: to exempt or release somebody or something from something 

    We may find our opportunities to serve God become fewer if we chose to take personal satisfaction in our spiritual gifts, talents, and/or abilities.  We must never forget that it through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that we are able to do certain things and not through our own personal ability or accomplishment.  We can and should feel privileged to be chosen and used by God in certain area; this produces gratitude in a godly person, not pride.

    There are certain right and advantages that come with being a Child of God. Those rights and advantages should never be a source for feeling superior or better than other people.  We are chosen, not super special.  We should allow our blessings from God and godly living to be an attraction to other people, not a source of a destructive pride that will cause a barrier between us and other people.

    Note that in the definition of pride that one part of the definition is an actual group of lions.  The Scripture talks about how Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to destroy [1 Peter 5:8].  Pride destroys a person but we have God to thank for our exemption from that destruction; for you see if we sincerely ask God to rid and keep us from negative forms of pride, He will do so. Let us ask Him to be gentle in doing such.

 

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