Fighting the Sin of Pride in the Midst of Praise

If you haven’t checked out John Piper’s short articles called Taste & See you are missing out.  They are a treasure trove of wisdom especially for those who need a quick spiritual boost to reality during the day.  They go back to 1984.  One reason I love them is because I do not have much time to read during the day apart from the books I’m already reading as well as other daily obligations I’ve got going on.  I usually will try to read a quick one during my break at work.  It will usually take me about 2-5 minutes to soak one in depending on the length.  There is so much application for the heart!  I have made easy access to this article in particular due to my on going battle with pride.  Click here to read the whole article.


I call to mind that I am not self-existent; only the triune God is. Only God is absolute, but I am contingent. I remind myself that I am utterly dependent on God for my origin and for my present and future existence. I call this to mind and ponder its truth.

I remember that I am by nature a depraved sinner and that, in all my sinning, I have treated God with contempt, preferring other things to his glory. I take stock that I have never done a good deed for which I don’t need to repent. Each one is flawed because perfection is commanded. Therefore I realize that God owes me nothing but pain in this life and the next.

I ponder that this condition of mine is so desperate that it could only be remedied at the cost of the horrid death of the Son of God, to bear my punishment and provide my righteousness. And I revel in the forgiveness and righteousness that is mine in Christ.

I meditate on those Scriptures that say, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” (1 Peter 5:5-6; see James 4:6-10). And, “He who is least among you all is the one who is great” (Luke 9:48; Mark 9:35; Matthew 20:26).



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