Christian Living

Pridefulness: the Secret Sin Stealing Your Joy

Another post on theReb!

This pandemic severed our social lives, and many teens are turning to social media to fill some emptiness. As we scroll through happy pictures, jealousy creeps into our minds before we can stop it. Looking at huge successes of other bloggers can turn my happy attitude into discouragement as I look at my blog stats.

God blessed me with so much, but if I’m honest, I find comparison and covetousness one of the most difficult sins to fight. Life isn’t ideal right now, and our lives and work seem dull in light of our friends’ exciting plans.

Don’t Forget the 10th Commandment

If asked to list the 10 commandments, would you forget the last? Many people see “Thou shalt not covet.” as one of the “not-so-bad” sins. We think it’s easy to brush aside.dr  In my experience, however, covetousness tears down relationships, quality of life, and any motivation to serve. It supports selfish pride and steals joy.

Exodus 20:17 lays out this tenth commandment: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Dictionary.com defines covetous as “inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.” Covetousness displays a lack of trust in God and results from an ungrateful and prideful heart. We covet people, looks, personalities, belongings, status… the list goes on and on. Instead of thanking God for His good will, we wish we had something more (or something less) in our lives.

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7 thoughts on “Pridefulness: the Secret Sin Stealing Your Joy”

    1. Thank you! I hope the article was helpful to show you how to overcome them. It’s refreshing to remember that WE can never overcome our sins, but God is always willing to help us when we ask in faith!

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  1. I need to work on being more content with what I have, and not wanting what other people do and I don’t. This post helped me to realize some things that I need to work on!😉

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  2. Excellent post! An issue I really struggle with. I desire to become more humble, but I don’t want to force myself to try to be humble, because that is just another kind of pride. Do you have any advice? I know humility has to develop gradually, so I want to know where to start.

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      1. Thank you so much!! Those are perfect! I think my biggest problem with humility is that I don’t like to do the “dirty work”. My siblings and I have a daily list of chores, and I often avoid the more disgusting ones. Thank you very much for your help; I now know what I need to work on! ❤

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