7 Things God Hates # 1: A Proud Look (Prov. 6:17)

Introduction:

  1. God is love (1 Jn. 4:8, 16), but there are some things God hates
  2. Not just outward actions, but sins of the heart & tongue, too
  3. Not just arbitrary…He hates these things b/c they are wrong & bad for us
  4. Note today that God hates a proud look
  5. Someone has said that pride is the only disease that makes everyone sick, except the one who has it!

Pride Defined

  1. It is not pride in a job well done
  2. It is holding oneself to be better, more imp., or more influential than reality
  3. Or, boasting in one’s actual ability, puffed up because of it (Gal. 6:3)
  4. Essentially, pride is preoccupation with self, self-worship…Mt. 5:3 is opposite
  5. Illustration—An airline stewardess once instructed Muhammad Ali, the great boxer, to fasten his seatbelt, to which he replied, “Superman don’t need no seatbelt.”  The stewardess came back, “Superman don’t need no plane, either.”  Ali bucked his seatbelt!
  6. Pride can develop at any age—new skill or much experience may lead to pride

Pride Denounced

  1. Make no mistake—God will pickle the proud & preserve the faithful!
    1. Pride’s sinfulness seen from the beginning – Gen. 3; cf. 1 Jn. 2:16
    2. Prov. 8:13; 16:5, 18-19; Psa. 10:4; 101:5; Isa. 13:11
  2. Parable of the Pharisee & the publican – Lk. 18:9-14
  3. Jesus’ words – Mk. 7:20-23; Mt. 23:12
  4. Pride was downfall of Judah (Jer.13:9); Moab (48:29); Babylon (50:29); Sodom (Eze. 16:49); Egypt (30:6); Israel (Hos.5:5); Edom (Oba.1:3);Philistia(Zec.9:6);Assyria (10:11)
  5. Special warning for elders & preachers (1 Tim. 3:6; Rom. 16:17-18)

Pride Depicted

  1. Eve – Gen. 3
  2. Edom – Oba. 3-4—deceived by pride
  3. Nebuchadnezzar (Isa. 14:12-15; Dan. 4)
  4. Sennacherib (2 Kgs. 18-19)
  5. The Rich Fool (Lk. 12:16-21)
  6. Satan (1 Tim. 3:6)

Pride Defeated (Psa. 119:11)

  1. Servant mentality – Jn. 13:1-17
    1. Satan: “Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven” (Milton, Paradise Lost)
    2. Matthew 20:25-28
  2. Clothed w/humility – 1 Pet. 5:5–egkomboma: white scarf or apron of slaves (Jn. 13)
    1. Lowliness of mind – Eph. 4:2; Jam. 4:6, 10; Isa. 66:2; Phil. 2:3-5
    2. Take heed! – 1 Cor. 10:12

Conclusion:

  1. God hates a proud look!  May we ever guard against such!
  2. Realize that pride is a “gateway” sin – it will inevitably lead to other sins.
  3. You may not be filled w/pride now, but make sure you humble yourself in submission to God that He may exalt you in due time…

There is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.   [Benjamin Franklin, from his autobiography]

The story is told of two ducks and a frog who lived happily together in a farm pond. The best of friends, the three would amuse themselves and play together in their waterhole. When the hot summer days came, however, the pond began to dry up, and soon it was evident they would have to move. This was no problem for the ducks, who could easily fly to another pond. But the frog was stuck. So it was decided that they would put a stick in the bill of each duck that the frog could hang onto with his mouth as they flew to another pond. The plan worked well–so well, in fact, that as they were flying along a farmer looked up in admiration and mused, “Well, isn’t that a clever idea! I wonder who thought of it?” The frog said, “I did…” [Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 34]

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