Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional comes from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis
Of Fleeing from Vain Hope and Pride
Philippians 2:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Boast not about your riches, nor of powerful friends, but in God, who gives all things, and in addition to all things desires to give even Himself. Be not prideful because of strenght or beauty, for with only one slight sickness it will all fail and wither away. Do not be vain of yourskilfulness or ability, for you will dispease God.
Do not count yourself better than others, it might cause you to appear worse in God’s eyes. Don’t be proud of your good works, for God’s judgement are different from man’s judgements, and what pleases man often times displeases God. If you believe that you are good, believe that others are better, in order to preserve your own humility. It doesn’t harm you if you place yourself below all others: but it is great harm in placing yourself above even one person. Peace is always with the humble person, but in the heart of the proud there is envy and extreme anger.