Temptation and Pride
The Apostle Paul taught Timothy that those who want to get rich fall into temptation and many snares.
Paul knew the heart of man. Pride distorts our priorities, so even Christians can rationalize their indulgence. We compromise truth in the deception of self-fulfillment. Vanna White, the letter spinner on Wheel of Fortune, admitted regret for a decision she made early in her life. Too embarrassed to ask her dad for rent money, she ignored her conscience by getting paid for photos that were later sold to an adult magazine. From the beginning, she thought, “I shouldn’t be doing this.” And yet she did. Paul told the Corinthians, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
The problem for many is that pride keeps them from seeing God’s way is the best way. We tend to do what’s right in our own eyes – not His. Once trapped by pride, a Christian’s of no service to God. He too easily gives in to temptation. To avoid that, we must make ourselves accountable to others. A husband and wife should desire honest and loving pride detection. They should seek transparent financial discussions that are grounded in humility and trust. Those in business, politics, church and nonprofit leadership need others to hold them accountable and spur them on to good deeds. Set the example, study God’s Word, and humbly serve Him. It’s the key to combat the deadly sin of pride.
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