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Pride and Perfection

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 16:6 and 18 which say:

“Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.”

“18 Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Verse 6 says that love and faithfulness are what atone for sin. Not good works, or living the rest of your life perfectly. Love and faithfulness are what atone for sin, but fear of God avoids sin. If we’ve already sinned (which we have) we need to love and be completely faithful, right?

Wrong. We don’t have to because someone else, who is the essence of love and faithfulness, already has. Jesus is love and faithfulness personified. Yet Jesus did take His own perfection and let us all die and go to hell. Jesus gave us His love and His faithfulness; He gave us His perfection. After He gave us new life, He took our death. He died in our place!

Now He helps us to live a life that is pleasing to God. With His spirit, the Holy Spirit, living inside us, we can live a pleasing life for Him. We are now living sacrifices for Christ; not because we have to, because we want to. Romans 12:1 says:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”

Verse 18 talks about pride. Pride. Something that every human being (and I mean only human) has succumbed to. In fact; it was the first sin: Satan was proud and thought that he could take God’s place. We all know that he couldn’t, and He can’t; so instead he was thrown down into Hell. Now we all have pride; because of our flesh we have all been (or still are) proud.

Verse 18 tells us that pride comes before destruction; which basically means we would have been destroyed because of our pride (actually because of all our sin). But God looked down on us humans, sin and all, and He showed us love and mercy. He sent an atonement, He sent a sacrifice, to take away our sins. And, in fact, the sins of the world!

“2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)

This sacrifice is Jesus; God’s one and only son. God sent His son to die for us so that we all might become His children. Now we are free from our sins; now we have righteousness.

Of course; because this is a Proverb it is also meant to teach a lesson. It teaches us that we should not be proud (not as easy as it sounds); for a proud spirit comes before a fall. Usually proud people are humbled by God; but humble people are lifted up by God.

“6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”[a]

God opposes the proud, and He gives grace to the humble. Now we should pray that God keeps us humble.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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