There is a dangerous trap that Christians can susceptible to, that can destroy both our relationship to Christ and our witness to others. When we hold on to pride, we do not have a teachable and loving attitude. In one of his parables, Jesus described that it was not outside things that defiled a person, but what came out of one’s heart. He said:
“There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
“All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
—Mark 7:15, 21-23 (emphasis added)
So Jesus identifies pride as evil or at least leading to evil, and in the same category that we…
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