Matthew 11:29 (NET) Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Patrick had greatly offended Mat, and Mat was finding it very difficult to forgive him. Mat already had designed a plan to make Patrick pay dearly for what he did, but the Holy Spirit kept Ministering to Mat to forgive Patrick.
Because the Lord had spoken to Mat about his pride before, when the Lord revealed to him that the reason he found it so difficult to forgive was because of pride in his heart, he was now willing to forgive and let go.
One reason we easily get offended and find it difficult to forgive is because of the pride in our hearts. “How dare he talk to me like that, doesn’t he know I am more important than him?”. Pride reminds us of how “more important” than others we are and makes us forget that there is nothing we have that we have not received (see 1 Corinthians 4:7), but humility reminds us that of ourselves and by ourselves, we are nothing(John 15:5). It reminds us to treat people with dignity because they carry the image of God, not because of what they have or have accomplished.
Sometimes, we think that because we were more diligent and hard-working, we are better. Indeed, diligence is a distinguishing trait that even God commends, but the ability to be diligent and have a sound mind is a gift from God. Some people were born with brain damage and/or a very low IQ. Some were born into circumstances that broke them and took away their drive for success and diligence in anything. What did you do to contribute to the fact that you were born with a sound mind?
Go into today remembering that even though pride looks sophisticated, It is truly a product of spiritual ignorance and foolishness.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to be humble as you. Amen.
—Abraham Damilola Arigi
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