INTRODUCTION Christ. Pride is concerned with who is right

INTRODUCTION

In
the everyday life of the people, there’s a big possibility that something will
happen. It may be good or bad. Which side? What will exactly happen? God only
knows. Why? Because He planned it accordingly since the beginning. There
werepeople that is really the opposite of another, just like milk and coffee,
black and white and even oil and water, in other word Good and Bad. For
example, a person who sees the fault of others deeply and like a microscope but
his or her fault as a telescope. They focus on others failure than their own.

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Sometimes,
people should think of themselves first rather than other people, because at
the end of the day you, yourself is the one responsible on your action and
never the other people. But there were also people who are compassionate and
forgiving enough. These kinds of people were really blessed for that kind of
attitude. They sometimes think that they don’t deserve the blessing and
opportunities that God gave them, but they truly deserve it. Pride and Humility
has something and has a connection with the words written above.

Pride
and Humility is a two different thing. Pride is the bad side and Humility is
the other way around, the good side. They are really the opposite. Pride is
known as the Great Sin so it is really a dangerous and not so good. In this
world, there were so many prideful people than humble ones. There were
situations that really suits to them. For the Pride, Satan is the greatest
example of it while for the Humility it is none other than Jesus Christ. Pride is
concerned with who is right while Humility is concerned with what is right.
Sometimes when something happened, it is good to know first what it is all
about rather than who is involved in the situation to weigh both sides. But
still both sides are needed to know to perform a certain solution about it.

There
are really certain things in people’s life that is really opposite of the
other. People cannot do anything about it. Also people cannot avoid Pride
because it is already natural in them. Although it is a bad side, as much as
possible avoid it. And Humility, we have to be humble all the time, be like
Jesus Christ. He is the perfect example of Humility in everything. In this kind
of world, Humility is needed more than Pride. Always look into the bright side
of everything, people commit mistakes but that is not the end of it. As much as
try to be good always so that other people will eventually be like whom you
are, because of your character. And that is the best thing.

PRIDE

All Human Beings naturally have pride.
Eventhough you’re an adult or a child, still you have your pride with you
because it is natural. Also, Pride is often seen as the first sin. It is the
sin which caused the devil to fall from his privileged position as an angel of
light that is called now Satan. Plus, Satan used it to tempt Adam and Eve away
from their fellowship with God.  According
to Daniel Webster these are one of
the examples of how pride was defined. It is the quality or state of being
proud, as in inordinate self-esteem or conceit, or a reasonable or justifiable
self-respect or delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or
relationship; defined as proud or disdainful behavior or treatment.

 

St.
Thomas Aquinas said that, “Pride understands it
to be that frame of mind in which a man, through the love of his own worth,
aims to withdraw himself from subjection to Almighty God, and sets at naught
the commands of superiors.  Vainglory, ambition, and presumption are commonly
enumerated as the offspring vices of pride.”

 

According to Wellman (2015), Pride is not a problem of an individual but is it
the problem of everyone, of all human being. It is also defined as a feeling or
deep pleasure or satisfaction in an achievement, or in an accomplishment or in
something else or someone else. Also it is described as conceit, egotism and
vanity. It is an inwardly direct emotion that can easily hurt other people and
typically makes one feel a sense of superiority over the other.

 

This kind of attitude and doing is not
good for anyone. Nobody can make you and feel others their superiority unless
they are God. Whatever happens to them, if they accomplish something, they are
on top, everyone praises them they don’t have the right to make themselves the
superior because at the end of the day, they are ordinary people in the eyes of
God.

 

For
example, when a person is good enough over the other or he or she achieved
something that is really hard to accomplish, it means that the pride is the one
building them. He or she thinks that he is the good, the better and the best
above others, which is really wrong. When your pride works, you lose the
capacity to respect other people and you tend to disrespect them always because
you will only see yourself as the best. You only see them below you or under
you.

Another thing, from the bible verse, I Corinthians 13:4 “Love is patient, love
is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” When a person is so proud of himself or herself, it is
not good in the eyes of God. Just like the bible verse mentioned above, if you
know how to love and you want to be loved, you have to be Kind, Patient and do
not Envy, Boast and be Proud. Being proud simply means being Prideful.

 

“To
forgive is to forget”, according to the Holy Bible. But why is it that when a
man forgives someone, he does not completely forget what that person did to him
instead he is still bothered about it. Thus, it is really difficult for a human
being to forget what went wrong. From the bible verse, Hebrews 10:17 “And their sins and their lawlessness, man would I
will by no means remember any more.” When a human being confessed already his
or her sins in the eyes of God it is already forgotten. When He forgives,
absolutely He forgets and considers a man as if they are sinless and they never
sinned.

 

However, when a man
can’t forgive another man it means that his pride is the one working. It is the
matter of his pride because he can’t forget and forgive another man. Therefore
if God knows how to forgive and to forget, so as man should either knows how to
forgive. No matter how man does sins against one another, they should take
Jesus as their God of forgiveness and learn to forgive others.

 

Being proud or prideful
simply means that you are hiding something and not letting other people knows
about it. Why? Because they are ashamed of it. You keep it to yourself only.
You always wanted to prove something even if it’s not good anymore. You always
want people to look on you, and that is Pride. When something went wrong, a
prideful person blames others even if it is their own fault. Pride is already
their weakness. Sometimes what makes you strong is also the one who can make
you weak.

 

 

 

SYMPTOMS OF PRIDE

 

For example a type of
cholesterol. Cholesterol hardens the blood vessels. Same a pride, it has a
hardening effect on the heart of the person. From Daniel 5:20 states that “when his heart became arrogant and already
hardened with pride, he was desposed from his royal throne and stripped from
his glory.” Simply means that pride hardens the views and inputs of others.

 

From the bible verse 2 Chronicles 36:11-13 when Zedekiah did
something evil in the eyes of God and did not humble himself before Prophet
Jeremiah, and he also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him
take an oath in God’s name. It means that when our hearts is lifted to what the
world has to offer, it will eventually harden because of pride.

 

2 CONSEQUENCES OF PRIDE

            It destroys relationship.
The pride of the people really destroys the relationship. Why? Because of pride
you don’t want and you can’t listen to what the people trying to say and
explain to you. The pride is really a hindrance to the relationship and it
blocks it through called the communication. The one who’s into the relationship
doesn’t want to listen because his or her pride told him or her not to. But
like the other people says that always listen to one another to have an open
communication and for you to be able to understand each other. This is one of
the consequences of pride or being proud, it destroys the relationship of a
person to other people.

            It
blocks helps. Why? Because if the person let his or her pride work, he or
she thinks that she or he can do anything. You’ll not ask help from others even
from God. The thought that runs into his or her mind that he or she can do
anything it eventually when in reality he or she can’t. A proud or a prideful
person thinks that he or she doesn’t need help anymore from anyone or anybody
around her. People should accept that they can’t do all things they want to do.
Always remember that sometimes we need a helping hand or a simple help from
anybody to accomplish something or to be successful in what we wanted to do.

 

 

TREATMENT/PREVENTION OF
PRIDE

            Our hearts must only be
for God. Only for God and not for others. Another one, Great Care is required if we are to keep our pride at bay. Remember
that our flesh is weak and it is naturally default to pride. While the love of
God always give us what we need. Moreover, God and thus those like Him, always
give, and are not prideful.

 

            From the bible verse, John 3:16 “For God so loved the world
that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life.” This is the very famous verse among the bible
verse almost about everything. God is a merciful God that He gave his Only Son
for the world to be redeemed from sins.

 

            Pride, we cannot do anything about
pride because it is already natural to us. Human Beings already have it. Thus,
people should know how to control their pride enough because if they didn’t
control it, it might result to something sinful or dangerous. God doesn’t want
it. Plus, this is the weakness of everyone – Pride.

 

            Rather than having a pride, why
should not turn it into something positive, which is Humility. Having a humble
heart or being humble is a good choice and a good decision. Just like Jesu
Christ who is the perfect example of Humility presented in the bible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUMILITY

            Humility is a Greek Word used in Colossians 3; it is a
combination of two words that together means “a humiliation or lowliness of mind.” There are people in this word
that has a sense of humility. Moreover, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia, Humility is in which a man has a modest
estimate of his own worth, and submits himself to others. A Quality by which a
person considering his or her own defects has a lowly opinion of himself or
herself and willingly submits himself to God and to others for God’s sake.

For
example, a humble person has a modest opinion of himself, and viewing himself
as small before God and even smaller before others. He also recognizes and
rejoices and happy in the strengths and talents of other people. A man submits
himself to those over him and is courteous and yielding to those under him. He
is also concerned for the welfare of others, and is willing to give up his own
wants or needs or desires for the benefit of other people.

From the
Holy Bible, in the book of Matthew, Chapter 18 it says there that
when we are humble it is one of the key to enter the kingdom of God at the end
of time or when we die. Also a man needed to be like little children to enter
heaven. Why? Because children are pure, they are less sin than the older ones.
Children don’t have any achievements yet that they can tell others. They are
purely humble of themselves. In simple words, being humble is one of the keys
to enter the kingdom of heaven and at the same time doing good and avoiding
what is evil.

Also this indicates that in order for a man to enter into the
kingdom of the heaven, he or she must be humble enough and must not disrespect
any believer, but rather love his or brothers and sisters as much as he or love
himself or herself and forgive them eventually if they have sinned to you. Why?
Because if a man is too proud and do not forgive their brothers or their
sisters, they will not be able to enter into the kingdom of the heaven at the
end of time. The man should not let his or her pride works fro it but rather be
humble enough.

From
Luke Chapter 18:9-30 states the
teaching to man about entering the kingdom of God. Our Lord mentions three steps: (1) to humble oneself before
God as a sinner, realizing the need of God’s propitiation; (2), to be like a
little child, without any preoccupying concept; and (3), to follow the Savior
by overcoming being occupied by riches and all other material matters. Above
them all, being humble or having humility is included to enter heaven.

When a person is humble or having humility towards God, it is
the best strategy and best way to fight God’s enemies, the devils. From 2 Timothy 2:22, it says there that to “tell us to
flee youthful lusts and pursue righteousness with those who call on His name
out of a pure heart.” It means that when a person is more humble than the he is
before the others and before God, the more he or she will go to heaven and
enter the kingdom of God.

It also tells us that being humble
and not too proud of something about yourself means a man having a good
relationship with the other people and as well as to his or her brothers and
sisters because being humble will help him or her not to hurt other people
eventually. People need to be humle, because at the end of the day, Humility
will save them.

From the bible verse Romans
12:16 “Live in harmony with one
another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low
position. Do not be conceited” this means that people should love one another
and live in harmoby. Don’t isolate and separate yourself from others because in
the eyes of God we are all equal. Do not be proud of yourself because you
achieve something but be humble enough and help others to do the same.

 

In 1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand,
that he may lift you up in due time.” means this that if we are humble enough,
God will lift us up eventually and be able to enter the kingdom of God at the
end of time. It is for us to be with God if we die, we came from God and it is
a must that we must go back to Him. In His loving and everlasting arms and
love.

 

            Jesus
Christ, Himself. From Philippians 2:5-11 eventhough Jesus is the son of
God, he humbly Himself to all the people. Eventhough people disrepect Him and
not believening that Hes is the son of God. He gave himself for the world to
redeem from the sins. Thus, Jesus Christ is
also known as our greatest friend.

 

These
kind of people is really essential and a must need in this world, people who
always there for others and knows exactly what they wanted to do. Also helping
others without expecting in something in return. And the perfect example of
Humility is our Savior, Jesus Christ, Himself. He sacrifices and gave Himself
to redeem the people from their sins to the world. He loves people more than
Himself eventhough He is the Son of God.

Let
us always think that Humility means Making Others More Important Than Yourself.
That was Jesus did when He redeemed the world from sins. He loves the people
with all His heart eventhough he will be crusified and knowing that He is the
son of God still He did it. Humility is all about Him.

They
say that it is very hard to be humble. Why? Because there were so many
temptations around the world. But don’t ever let that temptations tempt you
because it will ruin you and you will not be able to humble yourself rather,
you will become the prideful one.

However,
we already have the so called Original Sin which we inherit from Adam and Eve
still, we must humble ourselves and we must obey God at all times. Nothing is
wrong when we obey God’s commandment. It is for our own good. It may take a
hard work to be humble but when you did it, you will eventually realize that is
it worth it. It is worth the hard work you made.

 

SIMPLE WAYS TO BE
HUMBLE

            Don’t
be angry or offended when someone corrects you. It is not wrong when
someone corrects you and gives their own opionion to you. Sometimes it is okay
to hear from what other people would say to you to be able to understand and
look more deeply on the situation. It can make the things a lot better. Always
think that 2 heads are better than one.

            Set
asides your desires when someone needs you. If someone needs your help,
don’t hesitate to help because it means a lot to them. Sometimes a little help
can change something or anything into something big. And you might know, when
you also need help in time, someone is there for you also.

Be cheerful and obey
your parents. Always and always obey your
parents. Why? they know what’s best for you more than anyone else. They have
the capacity to decide what’s good for you eventhough you don’t like or love
it. Parents are very important. Don’t take them from granted because at the end
of the day you’ll always look for them.

            Pray.
Always see to it that you pray to God and remember that you are a blessing.
A blessing that can change the life of others. A kind of blessing to your own
family. And a kind of blessing that God is really proud of. Always pray that
you will help yourself to be humble at all times and help other people too.

 

            Give
Thanks. Do not forget to thank God for all the blessings He gave you. For
all the trials and challenges and for His one and only Son that He gave to
redeem the world. Thank Him for all the people around you that really support
you no matter what happen. For all the people who corrects you when you are
wrong.

 

            Humility is as simple a submitting
ourselves to God and obey Him always. In this, we are greatly humble just what
God wanted us to be and for us to recognized that God is over and above all
things. If we are humble enough, we are simply just like Jesus Christ, who is
the perfect example of Humility. Don’t ever think that being humble is a hard
thing to do rather than take it as challenge and at the same time a blessing.

 

At the end of the day God wants us to be
humble because He wanted us to be with Him when our time comes. In simple
words, God wanted His people to return to Him because He made them. He wanted
them to rejoice in Him in heaven and be with Him forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCLUSION

            In conclusion, Pride
and Humility is really a two different thing. Pride is the negative side, and
Humility is the positive side. Having Pride is natural to every human being. It
is not a problem of someone but rather a problem of everyone. Pride is the loss of humility and this is the root of
every sin and evil. It is the root of all sins. Just like what happen to the
fallen angels including Lucifer, where they believe that they can surpass God
and look upon themselves which eventually led them to be cast down from heaven
into darkness.

            People having pride, is really not good.
If the pride works for them, eventually a bad thing will happen. Example of
this is it can destroy a relationship because one seems not know how to listen
enough to the other one. Another is it blocks help, when you are a prideful
person, you think that you don’t need a help anymore because you think that you
can do it eventually even if you can’t.

            The other way around is Humility,
which is the real opposite of pride. Humility means is not thinking yourself
less, but rather thinking of yourself less. You always see to it that you put
others needs first, before yours. Just like what happened to our Savior, He
saves the people from their sins and eventually made Him crusified and died.

In
order for a man to enter the kingdom of God which is Heaven, he or she must be
humble enough towards others. Helping others and putting others first before
Him is a sign of being humble. There are different bible verses in the bible
that explains brieftly what it means to be humble and helps us to enter the
kingdom of heaven.

            Pride and Humility is a really
contradicting topic. You have the positive and the negative side. You always
have to weigh things in order for you to have a good outcome or result. We have
to always remember what God wanted us to be. Humble enough ourselves to enter
the kingdom or heaven and set aside pride in order to avoid evil doings or
activity.