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The Ultimate Pride

The most significant challenge to introspection is staying focused on introspection. Our natural tendency is to quickly move on. However, we must avoid the temptation to shift our focus to […]
The most significant challenge to introspection is staying focused on introspection. Our natural tendency is to quickly move on. However, we must avoid the temptation to shift our focus to someone else’s sin.

Remember, we’re praying “Search me. Know my heart. See if there is any offensive way in me.” This prayer is not about someone else. This prayer is about me—about you. The ultimate pride, and even deception, is to say someone else’s sin is worse than your sin.

Jesus gave a strong teaching about this attitude in the Sermon on the Mount. Review the words about the speck and the log in Matthew 7:3-5. Then read the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector in Luke 18:9-14.

Daily Change Challenge

Don’t hurry through this list of questions. Ask God to reveal any offensive way in you as you consider these questions.

  • Is there a sin in my life I am trying to hide or anything in my life I hope no one else finds out about?
  • Have I rationalized my sin, relationship, attitude, or habit? Do I find myself saying, “It’s not that bad,” or “Everyone else is doing it?”
  • Is there any hint of pride in my life?
  • Is there a person I am unwilling to forgive? Am I secretly hoping someone encounters a problem as revenge for an action he/she has taken?
  • Is there a sin in my life that I find myself repeating?
  • Do I sense God revealing something to me that I have not before thought of as sin?
  • Have I refused to do something that I believe God has already told me to do?

This post is an excerpt from the book Change Me by Dr. Steve Horn. Used by permission.
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