Pride Is Something Beautiful – A Text on Humble Pride

“Pride is something beautiful”
“P R I D E  is something beautiful”
Let me summarize what I just said, “Pride is something beautiful”
I am so proud of the German bakery goods. My in-laws came a couple of years ago, and my mother in-law stayed for the entire month of November. They brought one huge suitcase of sweets, chocolate, and Christmas cookies. We Germans really know how to bake good Christmas cookies.
“Pride is something beautiful”
Is there something you think of where you put your pride in?  We all have something we are really proud of. Some are proud to be American, some are proud to be man [imagine the Tim Allen bark here] , or woman, some are proud to own a car…the list goes on and on. Some of us may even be proud that they are so humble.  
“Pride is something beautiful”
Paul in his letter to the Philippians is addressing this topic. Let’s take a look at Philippians 3 verse 1-3

Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a protection for you. Watch out for “dogs,” watch out for evil workers, watch out for those who mutilate the flesh .For we are the [true] circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God, (who) boast in Christ Jesus and do not put confidence in the flesh…
In Verse 2 Paul is warning the Christians in Philippi to watch out; the three expressions he uses are all talking about the same group. Somebody wants to take a wild guess who they are? Judaizers. “Watch out for the dogs,” Paul is using a term the Jews normally used to speak of non-Jews. Paul is changing that term to speak of the Judaizers.  The term “dogs” is oftentimes used to describe opponents of God. Paul calls the Judaizers the false teachers. What did they teach?
But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”(Acts 15:1)
No wonder Paul was so ticked off. They were preaching another gospel!!! It is not by grace through faith, but by religious ceremonies…that is also why he calls them “evil workers.”
Paul’s next phrase for them is “those who mutilate the flesh.” This actually is a wordplay on circumcision. They think they are truly circumcised, but they are not! Because…
For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision
outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. (Rom.2:28-29)
I really like how Paul is addressing them elsewhere
I wish that everyone who is upsetting you would not only get circumcised, but would cut off much more! [(OUCH!) CEV] Or another translation puts it this way: I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! [ESV] (Gal. 5:12)
By this point now you may think what does that have to do with PRIDE; and why is pride so beautiful? Hang in there…

For we are the [true] circumcision, the ones who serve by the Spirit of God, (who) boast in Christ Jesus and do not put confidence in the flesh…
The Judaizers were proud of there traditions and they relied on their rites and ceremonies to be acceptable to God…
[watch out…could or is not the same happening today…the “Pharisee trap” is still around]

…BUT we take our pride in the work of Jesus. We boast in what he has done!!!
“Pride is something beautiful”

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Gal. 6:14 )
But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me. (Jer. 9:24)
There is a positive and a negative boasting. Boasting and pride is negative when we are the object of it, but if we take our pride in Christ it is something beautiful!!!
It is all about the object of our pride!!! Stephen D. Renn (Expository dictionary of Bible words, p. 127) writes: “As with boasting in the Old Testament, there is alike emphasis in the New that distinguishes between legitimate boasting or glorying in the person and character of God and Jesus Christ, and the selfish arrogant pride of human beings that is universally condemned in Scripture.”
Why is it so important that we boast in Jesus? Because only when we boast we are bold to share his message with the people around us!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  (Rom. 1:16)

“We are the true circumcision”! The next time you are talking to your unbelieving friend, your uncle who might not be a Christian, or even somebody closer than an uncle, I want you to remember to be proud of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, to be proud of who he is – your Savior, the very one who saved you and saves you from death, sin, and yourself.

I want to encourage you and myself all the more, to take pride in Jesus and to be bold in witnessing to him. Imagine if we all could be bold and take our pride in Christ. What would the difference be in our relationships with others? How would we relate differently to your brothers or sisters in Christ who have different opinions [on some minor issues of theology or methodology]?
I think our own little world at school, at work, at church, and at home would be more Christlike, if we practice HUMBLE PRIDE!!!

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