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Pride of Life

I remember a famous preacher once asking his congregation to take a moment and think about the ten commandments.  He wanted each person to go down the list in their mind, and decide which of the ten they each struggled with the most.  He then added a curious twist to the last part of his sermon.  He told them that if anyone went down that list and came up with nothing, and in so doing they were to end up feeling pretty good about themselves as a result, then they were to jot down the word 'pride' in the margin of their Bibles.  Oh to see the look on peoples' faces that day!  The preacher made his point for sure, mainly that many among us may be struggling with something called pride of life.

Just what is this concept?  It comes from 1 John chapter 2, verses 15-16.  In this famous Biblical letter, the author says this, "Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world - the lust …

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