Low and despised: 1 Corinthians 1.27-29 VOTD

“But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something, so that no one can boast in his presence.”

1 Corinthians 1.27-29

Paul hits hard and early when he writes to the proud and arrogant Corinthians. He cuts at the root of their pride.

Why is humility essential to salvation?

#VOTD #humility #pride

Inflexible

He cannot bear correction—stiff-necked—
Inflexible—his back will break.
The humble bend before the Lord,
Inherit the earth, defeat the world.

JRMatheny

#humility, #poetry, #pride

2-17-2016 A Lost Generation

In Proverbs 30:11-14 NKJV, a generation is identified by 4 characteristics. “There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.” They have no respect for parents. “There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.” They are self-righteous and judgmental of others. “There is a generation-oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.” They are full of pride. “There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.” Their selfish wants takes from others to get it. To “be saved from this perverse generation” (Acts 2:40 NKJV),”Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#disrespectful, #generation, #perverse, #pride, #self-righteous, #selfish

7-3-2015 Sin is Sin

No one asked Jesus, “Whose sin is greatest?” But we know the answer: someone else’s! Jesus said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man” (Mark 7:20-23 NKJV). Is morality what we don’t do? We don’t murder, but commit adultery? We don’t steal, but we covet? We’re not wicked, but are full of pride? No one’s sin is worse than ours, “because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NKJV). Temptations are “common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV), and so is sin! Jesus said: “preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:15-16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#adultery, #baptized, #believes, #covet, #greatest-sin, #morality, #murder, #pride, #saved, #steal, #temptations, #wicked

Until 1987 there was a red brick prison…

Until 1987 there was a red brick prison in Berlin, Germany known as Spandau. It housed only one prisoner, Nazi war criminal, Rudolph Hess. He wandered the halls of that lonely prison 43 years until one day he strangled himself. The one thing unique about Hess that causes one to shudder is that he never felt any remorse for the horrible crimes he committed. His last public statement was made at the Nuremberg trials and he said that he had always been a faithful follower of the Fuhrer. He said, “I regret nothing. If I were to begin again I would act as I have acted…” What makes a man refuse to admit that he is wrong, that he has broken a law or committed a crime. One word – pride! Rudolph Hess was a proud man and that pride prevented him from ever admitting that he had been guilty of barbarous savagery. Pride is not a problem isolated to a far-away prison in Germany, it may be found in our hearts as well. This is Just-a-Minute.

#hess, #just-a-minute, #nazi, #pride, #spandau

The waterspider skates across the surface of the…

The waterspider skates across the surface of the pond oblivious to the vastness of his world. He may climb a twig or venture ashore a few yards and return to brag to his fellows about his adventure into the brave new world. But for all his confidence, he cannot know the depth beneath his feet, let alone the expanse that stretches beyond his horizons. Here is man, in his own conceit, born and nurtured by his own perception of conquering his world. He smiles smugly at his own accomplishments, and marvels at his own wis¬dom. In his pride he forgets God. But who was it that called forth the universe? And what is man but a microscopic speck on a freckle of creation. 0 Lord remind us of our frailty, speak to use of our minuteness, let us understand the brevity of our lives, teach us to humble ourselves in the presence of thy awesomeness. May we learn to stand in reverence at thy majesty. This is Just-a-Minute.

#arrogance, #just-a-minute, #pride

Everybody wants to be the drum major Every…

Everybody wants to be the drum-major. Every daydream has its author as hero. As Carl Sandburg once put it, “We want to play Hamlet”. Alfred Adler, one of the fathers of modern psychiatry, names this as the dominant impulse in human behavior–the desire for recognition–which he said is stronger than even the sex impulse which Freud put first. From children to adults, everybody wants to be first, get the blue ribbon, hear the applause, win the game and receive the honors. But Jesus cut directly across the grain! He said, blessed are the poor in spirit, and if you want to be first–be last, if want to be exalted–humble yourself. This is Just-a-Minute

#just-a-minute, #pride, #self-seeking