Pride cannibalizes awe. When our thoughts drift to how we have been poorly treated, how we are right or deserving of more, or how we will never be good enough, our worship is devoured, eaten up by the Self. We remain under the umbrella of our own authority, recognizing no greater authority and, therefore, enjoying no greater Greatness.
When Jesus returned home to Nazareth, they were astonished at his teaching (Mark 6:2). But then, in a sudden turn, their awe turned to disbelief. They were incredulous: “Where did he get these things?” implying Jesus could not have come up with insights on his own. When we walk around under the authority of Self, it is very difficult to give others credit. The proud person does not compliment — unless of course, it will make him look good.
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