Spiritual Pride

Something anyone who doles out advice should guard against

Where pride comes in

Love goes out

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From my point of view

I’m better than they

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I’m generous

I care

I express

In writing

And in words

I point out faults

They are mine too

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I speak often

Of global warming

The flood and droughts

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I leave my tap

Open while brushing

I forget…

To close it

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I speak

Of the contamination

Caused

By plastic

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I sometimes buy stuff

In flimsy plastic bags

I forget…

To carry one

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I speak Ill

About others

Who I think

Are doing wrong

I forget….

I sin too

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I’m often jealous

I crave things

I don’t have

I criticise

I’m unjust

I’m judgemental

Often wrong

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My secret sin

My superiority

Perceived

The scourge

Of the Pharisees

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I’m not good

All the time

So why linger

On other’s faults

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The devil he

His footstep in

My heart

When my tongue

It wags

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The spiritual pride

In me

It deludes

Tells me

I’m right all the time

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We live in a land

Of other religions

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Beware of judging

Their customs

Their beliefs

Their gods

Their faith

For all we know

They may be

More accepting

More tolerant

More kind

Than us

With our

Spiritual pride

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Lord make me humble

Shed light on my failings

Keep me grounded

Knowing

There are millions

Of ordinary people

Better than me

So I can stay

Ordinary

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Where the heart is full of love and forgiveness, there is no room for pride

Corinthians 10:12 New International Version (NIV):

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!

Romans 12:3 ESV:

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.