Pride is Deceitful; Look up.

Pride is fundamentally fueled by lies—

the lie that I am more important than I am

more powerful than I am

more intelligent than I am;

it deceives our hearts.

Humility brings truth

clarity

understanding.

True humility recognizes our place in relation to God’s place.

Humility brings wisdom that starts with the fear of the Lord.

Jesus, at the center of it all.

And I’m looking toward it,

I’m looking through it,

that lens of perspective informing every aspect of my life

like the sun—

by it I see all,

not like an artificial, flashing, fading, light bulb on its way out,

but fresh, anew, bright, and true

Light captivates.

By gazing at the Savior, pride dwindles here.

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“The pride of your heart has deceived you,
    you who live in the clefts of the rock,
    in your lofty dwelling,
who say in your heart,
    ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?'”

Learning to Forgive

Forgiveness yearns to be set free in my heart,
But my flesh is fighting, kicking it down
With a fierce pride and aching vanity
Spirit, crush it, break open the cell doors
That withhold forgiveness from its proper place:
In the light, in my life, in my actions toward others.
Again and again, no it must not go away.
Free it must remain until the utmost;
For the father of forgiveness is love,
And the mother of forgiveness is peace,
So reverse the lock—bind up the hate.
Spirit, permeate my spirit,
So I may move forward with grace.