Have I Got My Ego In Check?
(1 Corinthians 4:6-21)
In this passage in 1 Corinthians 4:6-21, Paul addresses one of the main causes of conflicts and messes between people—in a word: arrogance. Arrogance is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “an inflated sense of self-importance that manifests itself in an overbearing way.”
Today’s question is, “How do I keep my mind clear, my ego in check, and how do I assist when pride, superiority, self-importance, or shades of narcissism are dividing people I work with, play with, or people I love.
Step 1: Make sure you have your own house in order and that you’re willing to acknowledge that you are vulnerable as well. (v. 6)
Step 2: We need to keep biblical truth before us and those we walk with (v. 7).
Step 3: Sometimes you have to deal with problems head on. (vv. 18-21)
What might be telltale signs that self importance is becoming a problem?
Are you becoming less preoccupied with yourself or do you still barely notice others exist?
Do you ever find yourself serving as judge and jury about other people’s lives and decisions?
Am I impatient with people because they don’t get it, like I do?
Do you ever find yourself thinking there is a right way to look at things and that right way is your way? And you’re critical of those who differ?
On the flip side, do you find yourself being less critical of others than in the past? Critical statements and thoughts are being replaced by increasing compassion.