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When I was a young girl I remember people saying the phrase “they have forgotten their raising”. Typically this meant that whom ever the person was they were talking about had become a bit conceded. Now it wasn’t always the case mind you because as I also quickly learned that sometime people are just jealous. But, for those it was true about it meant that they had a bit of arrogance about them. Being from the south this used to be a bad thing. After all isn’t the south where being humble and always remembering your roots is keen. I am pretty sure it is right up there with having sweet tea in the refrigerator at all times. But that is totally besides the point.
Arrogance is defined by Webster Dictionary as an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people. That arrogance character trait can seriously sneak up on us without us even knowing it. You see when we are acting this way chances are we are treating others badly. Besides that are we not all suppose to be humble toward each other? If we are humble then we do not feel that we are better than anyone else. Humble and arrogant can not preside in the same person.
But what does the Bible say about Arrogance?
“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Proverbs 8:13
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3
“I, the LORD, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. I will crush the arrogance of the proud and humble the pride of the mighty. Isaiah 13:11
And this is just 4 of the many verses I found on the topic of arrogance. As Christians we must work hard to keep ourselves in check on this whole arrogance thing. After all, we are no better than anyone else. We need to be a little less quick to judge and a little more willing to serve all not just some. Imagine how disappointed if Jesus had displayed arrogance when He walked among us. There would be no hope for us now.
What does this have to do with us as women?
Now I know my email account is going to blow up when I say this but, as women we can all get arrogant! I am guilty of seeing women half dressed and instantly arrogance slips right on in. How about when we see kids acting up in public and we throw in those ” I would never let my kids at that way” comments. What to see arrogance show it’s head in a hurry? Try talking about being a stay at home mom or being a working mom. That one seems to always get us women in an uproar. Something else to remember is that even if we are not “saying” the comments but, we are still sitting there listening….Yep you are just as guilty as your partner.Ladies, we need to hold each other accountable. We need to make sure that we are not showing this trait because not only are we going to teach it to our children through our actions but we could also cause someone to turn away from Christ.
Somethings that we need to start asking ourselves before we even open are mouths are this:
- Is what we are getting ready to say going to be helpful and benifical?
- Is what we are about to say pleasing to God?
- Is what we are about to say going to hurt the other person?
- Is what we are saying holding Biblical truths?
When conversations start going in the wrong direction and are seemingly becoming that of an arrogant nature we need to quickly remind ourselves and the other involved that none of us is perfect. We need to remember that none of us is without sin and we need to instead of being a discouragement decided to become an encouragement. If we were to all decide to put on humility and shed arrogance imagine how wonderful things could actually be.
Are you struggling with arrogance? I know that I do. The good news is that it is never to late to change and with God all things are possible…
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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