Warning About Arrogance: Your Guide To Revealing Its Impact

This is a warning about arrogance. When someone is arrogant, they tend to give themselves, rather than God, the credit for what they’ve achieved.

Created: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Warning About Arrogance: Your Guide To Revealing Its Impact

Love is not puffed up (arrogance) - from 1 Corinthians 13:4

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2 Timothy 3:1-2 [read 2 Timothy 3:1-9 (1-2)]
But you should know this: There will be terrible times in the last days [of the Christian age]. 2 For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive talkers, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy. (AUV)
KJV: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

The Lord hates arrogance

True believers must love what the Lord loves and hate what He hates. As such, since He hates evil and anything related, so should we.
Proverbs 8:13 [read Proverbs 8:12-21 (13)]
To fear the Lord is to hate evil. I hate pride, arrogance, evil behavior, and twisted speech. (GW)
KJV: The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancyH1347, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
Ga’own – arrogancy
H1347 גָּאוֹן ga’own (gaw-ohn’) n-m. pride (bad sense), arrogance, proud, swelling.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE): Arrogancy
Excessive pride leads to boastfulness and insolence (1 Samuel 2:3; Proverbs 8:13; Isaiah 13:11; Jeremiah 48:29).

God’s anger against sinners

Romans 1:28 and 30 [read Romans 1:18-32 (28 and 30)]
28 And as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper. 30 Slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (RKJNT)
KJV: 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

His judgment

Romans 2:2 [read Romans 2:2 (2)]
And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. (NLT)
KJV: But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

Revealing true love

People who brag and flaunt their own value do not show true love. It is a sign of an arrogant or proud person.
1 Corinthians 13:4 [read 1 Corinthians 13:4-9 (4)]
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (ESV)
KJV: Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Apparently arrogance was an issue in Corinth: 1 Corinthians 4:6; 4:18-19; 5:2; 8:1.

Love and knowledge, it’s a big deal

Bob Utley Commentary: Knowledge was one of the aspects of Greek culture in which some in the Corinthian church prided themselves. The problem with knowledge is that it tends to make one competitive and prideful (cf. 1 Corinthians 4:6, 18, 19; 5:2; 8:1; 13:4; 2 Corinthians 12:20).

1 Corinthians 8:1 [read 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (1)]
Now about food sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge [concerning this]. Knowledge [alone] makes [people self-righteously] arrogant, but love [that unselfishly seeks the best for others] builds up and encourages others to grow [in wisdom]. (AMP)
KJV: Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
Romans 12:16 [read Romans 12:9-21 (16)]
Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be arrogant, but be friendly to humble people. Don’t think that you are smarter than you really are. (NOG)
KJV: Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

Warning About Arrogance: Revealing Its Impact

Jesus says pride (aka arrogance), among other things, defiles and dishonors people [read Mark 7:1-23 (see verse 22)]. Defined: the characteristic of one who, with a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others and even treats them with disrespect and hatred.

In a genuine act of humility, we must free ourselves from pride and arrogance. Replace it with a willingness to support and help others. Because God is against the proud and arrogant.
1 Peter 5:5-6 [read 1 Peter 5:5-6 (5-6)]
Young people, in a similar way, place yourselves under the authority of spiritual leaders. Furthermore, all of you must serve each other with humility, because God opposes the arrogant but favors the humble. 6 Be humbled by God’s power so that when the right time comes he will honor you. (GW)
KJV: Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

The Lord will punish proud and arrogant people

Proverbs 16:5 [read Proverbs 16:5]
Everyone proud and arrogant in heart is disgusting, hateful, and exceedingly offensive to the Lord; be assured [I pledge it] they will not go unpunished. (AMPC)
KJV: Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

The traits of an arrogant person are self-importance and self-confidence. Not only does he not show empathy toward people, but he also rejects God. So remember, the Lord hates arrogance. Advice:
1. Never praise yourself. Let others do it. Proverbs 27:2 (ERV)
2. Be humble before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10 (FBV)
Thank you for taking the time to read this Bible snack. I urge you to make full use of it. Blessings to you and your loved ones— Tim. ☺

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