“Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.” (Galatians 5: 26, Amplified Bible Classic Edition)
This may seem like an obvious way to behave if we are good and caring people. We all likely have a desire to be kind and helpful.
But we must still be alert to these character traits that may subtly disguise themselves as natural, reasonable, or justified. When we commit ourselves to good thoughts and works, we may be susceptible to the temptation to feel we are better than others. The attention that may be given to us can begin to go to our heads.
Likewise, if we feel less than secure and worthy, we may compare ourselves, feel like victims, be jealous and petty, or look always for evil in another. Neither feeling lesser than others nor feeling conceited is wise. And it isn’t based on Truth.
As we let go of the ego that is down on itself or gives itself too much power, we can begin to feel more content and to show a natural respect and appreciation for others. Humbly yielding to God and His goodness, we lose that personal sense that is so touchy and afraid, and we can simply and gratefully enjoy the fact that God made us all. God loves each of us fully and equally, and we can find our genuine joy and true satisfaction in loving one another just as He loves us.
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