Self-seeking Based on Vain Glory

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“Be not wise in your own conceits.” (Romans 12:16/NIV). The word ‘own’ is from the same Greek word as in 1 Corinthians 13:5: Love “seeketh not her own.” (KJV).

What are you proud of? Some of your pride may be based on achievements. Some may be merely preconceived ideas: “People from my own city are better than others.” Or perhaps: “True humanity is bound up with my own language and colloquialism!”

Ideologies can make you proud. Sometimes this leads to a distorted view of reality. If you only appreciate those, who share your own views, there may be many things you have never thought of.

Family origin may be a source of pride. Cultural issues may make you feel conceited.

As you become a Christian and as you study the bible your views are likely to widen. The Holy Writ guides you to re-evaluate your own views and to learn Christian standards.

Paul here exhorts us: “Be not wise in your own conceits.” (Romans 12:16/NIV). Christians are to set aside questionable notions. A believer is to learn standards of love.

Self-seeking based on distorted views can be a source of trouble to others. Love would never indulge in such attitudes.

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About christenfindenruhe

Auf meinem deutschen Blog möchte ich kurze Texte über Matthäus 11 Verse 28 bis 30 veröffentlichen und die frohe Botschaft von Jesus Christus anschaulich machen. Es lohnt sich, Jesus Christus zu vertrauen. On my new English blog "Motivation of Christian Love" I am sharing my thoughts on 1 Corinthians 13 and other bible texts.
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