Tag: Pride

Gentleness…

Gentleness provides a contrast to pride and power. Humility and lowliness are critical components of this fruit.

The other-directed nature of gentleness stands in opposition to those who foster aggression, self-promotion, and who desire positions of power.

We cultivate gentleness by altering our posture through prayer, learning to yield, and spending time with those of “no account.”

Praying for those who wrong or anger us increases the difficulty of speaking harshly to or about them.

Humility demonstrates the power to yield our will to others.

Extending hospitality to those without a worldly status or position of power also demonstrates gentleness.

Leaders and Debating…

People seem to love debating. They love to debate about politics, religion, personal opinions, various convictions, and current events.

We should not be surprised; it seems to have been around for centuries of time. Socrates said, “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

When pride grows, we no longer debate, but seek ways to slander our opponent in order to win.

Spiritual leaders lose credibility when they willingly attack and slander someone instead of presenting truth in love. 

We tend to think we have a responsibility to expose others for their beliefs, when in reality we need to speak the truth of God’s word.