Sermon Thought

Prov. 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

There are two kinds of pride. One is good and the other is bad. The good kind of pride is when we take pride in our work so that we do a good job and produce a good product. If we do not have this kind of pride then we will be sloppy and not do our work in a good way. The other kind of pride is boastful and arrogant. When people act as if they are better than someone else or flaunt their good deeds in the presence of others to make themselves look superior. Bad pride is showy. Bad pride wants recognition for every thing they do. This pride can flow into the religious life of people also. Some individuals are wanting to be seen as to how spiritual they are by doing religious things and making sure that they are recognized for toing those things. Jesus makes it clear that there is no reward for doing things for God if the reason for doing them is to get glory for ourself. God is always to receive the glory for any thing and everything we do. Serve God for His glory only and trust that His reward for you will be better than any recognition from man.

Scripture: Matt. 6:1-15 ; Matt. 5:16 ; John 5:44 ; Lk. 20:46-47 ; Prov. 16:18 ; Prov. 12:8 ; Matt. 5:12 ; Matt. 23:28 ; Rev. 22:12 ; Deut. 6:4 ; I Kings 18:26 ; II Kings 4:32-33 ; Matt. 10:33 ; Ex. 20:7 ; Lk. 17:21 ; Heb. 13:15 ; Col. 1:9 ; Rom. 1:5 ; Lk. 4:4 ; John 6:48 ; Matt. 18:34 ; James 1:14 ; I Cor. 10:13