October 13, 2019

HAUGHTY (adj.)Arrogantly superior and disdainful.

The Lord has strong feelings about haughtiness.

“There are six things that the LORD hates; seven that are an abomination to him (Proverbs 6:16).”

(Spoiler alert. The first one in the list is haughty eyes.) Or consider the posture of God toward the haughty.

For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar (Psalm 138:6).”

It even makes Paul’s list of “all manner of unrighteousness” that characterize the lives of those who “do not see fit to acknowledge God,” sharing the company of such biggies as “envy, murder, strife, and deceit” (Romans 1:28-30). No wonder Paul urges:

“Do not be haughty… never be wise in your own sight. (Romans 12:16).”

As we turn to chapter four of 1 Corinthians, Paul will contrast their haughtiness with the humble path of following Christ.

“We are fools for Christ’s sake… We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things (1 Cor. 4:10, 13).”

At first read, that doesn’t sound very appealing, does it? But this is the path to building on the foundation of Christ with “gold, silver, and precious stones (1 Cor. 3:12)” and those who walk it will one day receive their “commendation from God (1 Cor. 4:5).”

This Sunday Randall Gruendyke will be preaching from 1 Corinthians 4:1-13 and Kenny Clark will be leading our time of sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? Let’s ask the Lord to help us hate haughtiness and love humility as we live and serve our Lord and Savior who walked the humble path to save us.

See you Sunday. Let’s come hungry!

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Song Link of the Week
The King in All His Beauty – Matt Boswell and Matt Papa

Now see the King who wears a crown
One made of shame and splinters
The sacrifice for ruined man
The substitute for sinners
As Earth is stained with royal blood
And quakes with love and fury
He breathes His last and bows His head
The King in all His beauty