Are you easily offended or feeling defeated? I will admit that I am a sensitive person; I cry easily :). Sometimes I get defensive and once in a while, I throw a self-pity party. "Poor me!" "Me" is the key, isn't it? Self-importance means an overly high opinion of one's own importance (according to the American Heritage Desk Dictionary). It is equivalent to pride (an excessively high opinion of oneself) and arrogance. What happens when we are offended or defeated? Our pride gets hurt, doesn't it? Ouch! Our "self-importance" gets deflated.
"He who has no sense of self-importance cannot be offended or defeated." ~ W. Phillip Keller
What if we have no sense of self-importance? What if we die to self daily? What if we humble ourselves before the Lord and in humility consider others better than ourselves? Would that be an antidote to being offended and defeated? I think this quote by A.W.Tozer explains it well: "Humble yourself and cease to care what men think. A meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather,...he has stopped being fooled about himself. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring. He has obtained a place of soul rest. The old struggle to defend himself is over."
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." ~Proverbs 16:18
"He who covers over an offense promotes love." ~Proverbs 17:9a
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