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“Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.”  (Proverbs 13:10, NLT)

Taking advice — particularly when it differs from our preferred course of action — is difficult.  However, we can recall times when we did take hard advice to heart, and it saved us much trouble and conflict.

The hardest advice to swallow is “unsolicited advice.”  In such cases, consider the heart of the source.  Someone who has your best interests at heart will not only give you their best advice, but will stand with you in their counsel.

Don’t let pride get in the way of a saving word.  – Luther

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“Naaman’s servants went to him and said, ‘My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it?  How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!’”  (2 Kings 5:13, NIV)

The disciple of Jesus does well to guard against the popular temptation to be “heroic,” as in aspiring only to do something “big” for God.  God is not impressed with heroism; but God is impressed with obedience — particularly, obedience in the smallest things.

Naaman (a hero in his own right as a warrior and as the commander of the king’s army), was ready to do the big thing for God.  He became angry when he was asked to do a menial task toward the same result.

Remember, it pleased God to deploy a youthful novice with a slingshot against Goliath’s sword and the shield; it pleased God to use a little boy’s lunch of fish and bread to satisfy the multitude’s hunger; it pleased God to rely on the simple testimony of common women and men to announce the resurrection of Jesus.

Be ready, always, to do the “small” thing in obedience to God.  – Luther

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“For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”  (Luke 14:11, NIV)


Jesus tells us that we ought not exalt ourselves (e. g., seek time in the spotlight).  In other words, do not covet a status that is higher, larger, or more powerful, for personal benefit or glorification.

Our ego is fed by such things, but in the context of today’s scripture Jesus challenges us to resist the temptation of self-promotion and self-elevation so common in our society.  We should, instead, take our place with the least and the last among us.  In God’s time, truly humble individuals are always recognized with a public promotion that no one can take-back or take away.  – Luther

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