Scriptures say that “[…] if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither [does] the Elohim’s assembly” (1 Corinthians 11:16).
There will be times when our own brothers would love to enter into a biblical debate. Other than the fact that we really should not have such a practice within our fellowship, the Bible leads us to understand the reason why such a desire arises within some to want to debate Scriptures. King Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, said, “By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom” (Proverbs 13:10, NKJV). Quite often than not, you can observe the proud person asking you a question that you yourself know that they don't believe in only to coerce you into having a conversation that you really do not wish to entertain. For the most part, they react with a tantrum if you do not engage them. Why? Well, we first need to understand what is pride.
What is pride? Pride is “the quality of having an excessively high opinion of oneself or one’s importance” (Oxford English Dictionary 2014). Though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a well-balanced sense of self-esteem, the quality of having an excessively high opinion or importance of oneself tends to lead to strife (refer Proverbs 13:10). Why is pride viewed so horribly? Because Scriptures inform that it is when a person who holds this excessive high opinion or importance of oneself that tend to lead to very destructive behavior towards other brothers and sisters within the assembly of the righteous (reference Psalm 73:8). The fact still remains that you can observe some physical traits in their behavior and can avoid numerous arguments by NOT answering their questions when they hold their heads up, ask very seemingly simple questions and try to put you down.
Notice what the Scriptures say.
4 They seem to live such painless lives; their bodies are so healthy and strong. 5 They don’t have troubles like other people; they’re not plagued with problems like everyone else. 6 These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! 7 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. 8 They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. 9 They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. 10And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words. (Psalm 73:4-10).
There are countless verses in the Scriptures that inform us how much the Heavenly Father dislikes pride. However, instead discussing how these will end with great humiliation, I would like to warn you about getting caught up in conversations with people who think too highly of themselves.
I’ve known brothers and sisters in Messiah who thought too highly of themselves. Yes, they played the game to demonstrate that they were humble; however, they quite wicked with their deeds. They committed all sorts of detestable acts that are not worth mentioning.
Even though prideful people would encourage me to entertain conversation with them, I couldn’t help to take notice of their very destructive nature. I myself have witnessed how they would go out of their way to even invent all sorts of malicious statements with the intent of destroying what the Heavenly Father has placed in my life to share with others. They were so destructive, that all they really did was attempt to thrive on the blessings that the Heavenly Father was pouring out on me because of my obedience to His ways.
After some time, I notice that they weren’t really my friends at all. People who truly love you are there for you in your most dire times of need. Even though many of them have attempted quite harshly to destroy the ministry that the Heavenly Father has placed in my hands, I’m still here preaching while they’re still trying to figure out the next person to prey upon.
As a result, I would like to end with this word of wisdom: Whenever you observe someone who’s making open statements about how they view their self-worth, be sure to stay clear from that individual because they’re looking for someone to destroy for their own personal benefit. Avoid yourself the trouble and do something more productive with your valuable time.
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