October 18 – The Pulse of the Prideful

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The Pulse of the Prideful

“When someone sings his own praises, he always gets the tune too high.” –Mary H. Waldrip

Comedy legend, Groucho Marx once reported that he had a nurse who was so conceited about her beauty that she would automatically subtract ten points from a man’s pulse to compensate for what her looks did to his heart.

The truth is that kind of beauty is an ugly thing.  C.S. Lewis said this of pride, “We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. Nearly all those evils which people put down to greed or selfishness are really far more the result of pride.”

Pride grows in the soil of superiority.  When we feel bigger, better, more beautiful than others, we actually display a quality that is quite repulsive.  The Bible says, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Greatness, in the kingdom of God, is not the result of superiority; it is result of service.  People may feel the need to brag if they measure their lives against other people; but when measured to the glory and holiness of God, we all stand in need of grace.  Such knowledge should cause our spiritual pulses to increase.

Daily Reading: Mark 1-3

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