Mar 22, 2009

Pride & Love

Pride and love cannot coexist.
It is impossible.
Love is patient, pride requires immediate gratification of every desire
Love is kind, pride is selfish
Love is not jealous or envious, pride says, “I deserve to have that.”
Love does not parade itself, pride holds itself up as the one that everyone ought to be like/think like
Love is not boastful, pride puffs itself up to appear better than it really is and refuses to admit that there is a problem
Love does not behave rudely, pride can’t help it because it only cares about its own feelings
Love does not demand its own way, pride crushes others opinions in pursuit of its own
Love is not provoked, pride explodes at the least provocation
Love thinks no evil, pride considers another’s motive to be wrong and hurtful
Love does not rejoice in injustice, pride always considers itself innocent of any wrongdoing
Love rejoices in the truth, pride rejoices in looking good
Love bears all things, pride leaves relationships in pieces because it “could not handle the pressure.”
Love believes all things, pride becomes disillusioned with life and people
Love hopes all things, prides loses hope and gets discouraged
Love endures all things, pride grows a heart of stone
Love never fails, pride will burn up with the rest of the wood, hay and stubbles leaving nothing
Insanity is an unrealistic/untruthful view of life. Pride is insanity because it always believes itself better than it really is and always assumes the motives of others is only for themselves. Pride is easily hurt, wounded, oppressed, victimized. Love grows stronger when trials come, when the wait gets long, when the pressure is too intense because Love throws itself on the grace of God, pours itself out in the service of others, and grows strong in the purification.
1Co 13:12-13 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.


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