Characteristics of Agape #5: Love Is Not Proud

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“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres .8 Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (NIV)

8 straight facts about PRIDE

1. Pride is the original sin that got lucifer and the angels who sided with him, thrown out from heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15). It is the sin that God hates the most.

2. It is the object of pride that determines whether or not ‘pride’ is sinful. If we are proud of who God is or what He has done. Then that ‘pride’ is not sinful. But if we think more highly of ourselves than we ought to (Romans 12:3) and take to ourselves the glory & praise that is due to God alone, then our pride is sinful.

3. God is love & since God is not conceited, the God-Kind of love is not proud.

4. Pride exalts self above God and others. It is a state of the heart that shows itself in a person’s behavior; a proud look, a condescending remark, a sarcastic tone of voice, an impatient attitude, a self-centered disposition etc.

5. Pride is deceptive. That’s why I speak of spiritual discernment & humility whenever I talk about pride. Its very easy to be walking in pride and not know it.

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6. Pride is destructive: It destroys our relationship with God (James 4:6). It destroys our relationship with others and it leads us to a place where our very own lives and destiny would be destroyed (Prov 11:2, 16:18) #NotGoodAtAll

7. Men and women of faith, who fully understand their rights & privileges in Christ & boldly declare them, are often erroneously thought of as being proud. If you believe you’re walking and speaking in faith and yet others keep saying you’re proud, check with the Holy Sprit within you. He -the Holy Spirit is your sure guide and would let you know when you miss the mark.

8. The cure for pride is HUMILITY; which Proverbs 22:4 describes as ‘ the reverential fear of the Lord’. All believers are also called to imitate Christ’s humility (Philpp 2:2-8). So, be respectful, be considerate, be teachable, be grateful, be flexible & accommodating (when necessary) and above all- be mindful of your utter worthlessness without God.

Now please say this with me:

The love of God has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost. I shall endeavor to let that love nature dominate me. I have God’s love nature in my heart – in my spirit. Therefore, I’ll not let my natural reasoning dominate me. I refuse to allow the flesh to rule me. I’m going to walk in the Spirit by walking in love.

I am a lover not a hater.

I will practice and exercise the fruit of love so that it can grow and increase. …….I will make the love of God my great quest in life, for then my love shall abound, and God shall reap the glory.

N.B. The above confession is an excerpt from Rev Kenneth Hagin’s book : ‘LOVE: The way to victory’.

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