Don’t Let Pride Be Your Downfall

Someone has said that “pride is the mother of all sin.” It could be. Pride has prevented lots of people from asking for help. Pride has kept people from admitting they made a mistake.
In II Kings 5, there is a story about a man named Naaman. Naaman was the commander of the army of Aram but, Naaman was a leper. The king of Aram heard about a prophet in Israel who had power to heal. So, the king of Aram sent Naaman to ask for help.
When Naaman arrived to talk with the king of Israel, initially the king dismissed the request because he knew he didn’t have the power to heal. But the prophet Elisha heard this conversation and offered to help. So, Naaman stood before Elisha.
Elisha told Naaman to dip seven times in the Jordan River. Naaman took offense to this because he thought Elisha would do something on a grand scale to heal him. But one of Naaman’s aides stopped him and encouraged him to reconsider. Then, Naaman dipped seven times in the Jordan and was healed. But, Naaman almost let his pride prevent him from being healed.
Is pride preventing you from dealing with the bitterness in a relationship? Is pride preventing you from asking for help? Is pride preventing you from inviting Jesus into your heart?
Today, maybe you need to set aside your pride and ask for help or grant forgiveness and move on.
Richard Nixon won a land-slide in 1972 to be re-elected President of the United States. Shortly after his election, the watergate story broke. Nixon was asked to hand over some personal recordings and he wouldn’t do it. He eventually resigned. Most historians believe if he had simply admitted he made a mistake, the American people would forgive him and he would remain as President. But, he wouldn’t and he resigned in disgrace.
Don’t let pride be your downfall.

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