Don't Be Conceited
Larry Griffith, Pastor , Brown Deer, Brown Deer
Read Galatians 5:22-26.
"We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another." Galatians 5:26 (HCSB)
The dictionary defines the word conceited as an adjective meaning "excessively proud of oneself." My grandfather, a Texas rancher, defined it as someone who thinks "the sun came up just to hear him crow!"
Conceit can wreck a church. I once served three years as pastor of a church held hostage by the conceit of two men who had knocked heads like big horn sheep for decades. By the time I was sent there by the Lord, these two men had chased most of the members away. I asked what the original disagreement had been. Neither could remember!
I challenged them to forgive one another, to set themselves (and the church) free from the prision of their own making. Both men refused to forgive. Why? They loved themselves too much to admit their sin. So, they just kept on provoking one another, envying one another.
PRAYER: Father, I ask that Your Spirit reveal to me if I struggle with conceitedness. Am I easily provoked? Do I envy others? Do I nurture my anger by calling it "hurt feelings" when I don't get my way? Do I think that my ideas are always best and right? Please forgive me of my conceit. Help me be one who is a peacemaker instead of a "peace-taker" in the church. In Jesus' Name, amen.