The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

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One of the seven deadly sins is pride.

But how do you cure pride? How do you cultivate humility?

Can the journey to humility be self-initiate? I don’t think so.

But you can cultivate aspects that are associated with humility. Such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

But humility itself? I don’t think so.

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I think it has to be initiated from the outside. After pride comes the fall. And no-one intends to fall. At least not consciously.

Pride is intimately linked to fear. Because pride on many levels is the absence of fear. The thought that I am the master of my destiny, of my situation, of my relationship, etc etc.

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But humans deceive themselves when they think that. As King Canute found out, what do we really control apart from ourselves? We might control others but that control is tenuous at best (despite appearances). We might create machines to control nature, but ultimately
those machines (unless maintained and upgraded) will rot and decay away. We are mortal and nothing that we do is eternal.

So given the insignificance of man, it of critical importance that we answer this question correctly: who do you fear?

Because what you fear is ultimately what you appease and end up living for. The thing that you would do anything for because it ultimately is your master.

Perhaps you have lots of little fears instead of one big fear. It doesn’t matter.

And if you think you have nothing to fear, my friend you are in the very real and strong vice-like grip of pride.

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And there is going to be a fall coming. And when that happens, who ya goin’
call?

When we fall, we sometimes rant and rave against God but He is the One we need to turn to. He is the ultimate Ghostbuster. He can turn everything that we fear and seeks to harm us, and turn it into something that benefits us.

Yes, I believe that God even uses trials and tribulations for our benefit, to bring us to repentance.

Because true repentance required confession and how can we bring ourselves to confess our sins when we are proud? We, in a sense, need to be humbled – for our own good. Have our irrational or rational fears replaced by the fear (and respect) of the One True God.

For only He is truly worthy of our respect (and fear).

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