This past week, I have been thinking a lot about arrogance and people who enjoy belittling others.
There is a sting to the heart when the arrogance of someone else humiliates or shames you, when they believe that they are right or have “superior” knowledge, and that others are the “lesser” and are the wrong “dummies.”
This mean and sour arrogance which uses power to belittle or harm others, is something that crushes and humiliates.
Very often people who say that they are strong in faith are accused of arrogance. But, faith should not be arrogant – nor should a person of faith belittle others!
We should never use our faith to pretend that we are superior or more informed than others! NO!
Arrogance is the opposite of humility, and humility is supposed to be a Christian virtue.
Jesus Christ, who in coming into the world and living and dying alongside of us, showed what humility is.
You will never reach the place of honor or full use by the Heavenly Father, (and can actually be disqualified from many opportunities) until your insecurities and need to needle, belittle, compete with, or shame others is addressed, repented of – and buried!
“…..All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’ Humble yourselves then, under God’s mighty hand, that he may use you to the fullest at the proper time,” 1 Peter 5:5-6.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.