A New Look at the Sin of Pride

I am reading the book The Power of a Praying Wife (I’ll write a review on the entire book when I’m finished reading it.), and yesterday’s passage was about repentance. It was so applicable to my own life, that I wanted to pass it on to you. Maybe it will step on your toes like it did mine. Stormie Omartian writes…

“Everyone makes mistakes. That’s not the issue. But there is an epidemic in the world today of people who can’t admit they did something wrong. God says, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness,’ (1John 1:9). But first we have to be sorry about what we’ve done.

“According to God’s way of doing things, there are three steps to changing our behavior. First there is confession, which is admitting what we did. (I’ll add that this means admitting it out loud, verbally to the person against whom you have sinned.) Next there is repentance, which is being sorry for what you did. Then there is asking forgiveness, which is being cleansed and released from what we did. The inability or resistance to do any of these three steps is rooted in pride. A man (or woman) who can’t humble himself to admit he’s wrong before God (or other people) will have problems in his life that will never go away. ‘Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him’ (Proverbs 26:12).”

Do you need to ask someone’s forgiveness today? Don’t put it off. Do it now so that you can be restored and the relationship can be healed.

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