16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited..—Romans 12:16 NIV
To live in harmony or peace requires us to put the needs of others above ours. To develop and maintain a relationship requires giving from both sides. It isn’t give and take, it is give and then give some more. To do this requires each of us to be humble, not just with those close to us, but with the strangers we meet on the street. We should never presume that we are better or of higher position than those that God brings across our path. Our birth and our address do not give us, as Christians, any right to feel or act better than others. In fact, it requires us to do just the opposite. It requires us to love the “unlovable” and to touch the “untouchables”, just as Jesus did. If ever, we should meet someone and presume that we are of higher or better position than they are, it is pride that makes us feel that way. Presumption and pride are sins.
12 People cannot see their own mistakes. Forgive me for my secret sins. 13 Keep me from the sins of pride; don’t let them rule me. Then I can be pure and innocent of the greatest of sins. – Psalm 19:12-13 NCV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
As Christians, we are not usually tempted to go out and do what the world normally perceives as sin. No, satan has to be a little sneaky when he comes after us. Every decision we make has a consequence, either for good or for bad. Do not be deceived, there is no neutral ground in spiritual warfare. How can we know when we have “missed the mark”? God sent His Spirit to lead us into all truth and convict us when we have erred. Our sins are usually those of the presumptive type. We presume to know answers to things that are too hard for us to know. The reason presumption is a sin, is because it is a fruit of being prideful. We would never be so bold as to say out loud that we can make decisions without the leadership of God’s Holy Spirit. But, have you ever had that thought cross your mind or do you act out of habit without consulting God? Jesus said if we consider the thought, we are guilty of the sin. Those thoughts lead to ideas which lead to actions and those lead to bad habits. When this happens, sin is trying to get dominion over us. We should ask God’s Holy Spirit to correct us and ask for forgiveness, so that we can be blameless and innocent of great transgression. We set alerts so that certain websites send us a notification if we are about to cross a line. Set an alert with God’s Holy Spirit and ask Him to notify You before You cross the line.
16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy. — 1 Peter 1:16
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous