Do you know anyone who seems arrogant?

Have you noticed anyone who has arrogance written all over their face?

In case you aren’t sure, here’s a definition of “arrogance”:

ar·ro·ganceˈer-ə-gən(t)s, ˈa-rə-
: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions

in his arrogance the president of the club made all the arrangements for the annual banquet without consulting the members

Origin: (see arrogant ).

First use: 14th century

Synonyms: assumption, bumptiousness, consequence, haughtiness, hauteur, high horse, huffiness, imperiousness, loftiness, lordliness, masterfulness, peremptoriness, pomposity, pompousness, presumptuousness, pretense (or pretence), pretension, pretentiousness, self-consequence, self-importance, superciliousness, superiority, top-loftiness

Antonyms: humility, modesty, unassumingness, unpretentiousness

I have been someone who, until tonight, believed the way to act around such people was to give them a dose of their own medicine. You know, act like them, strut like them, sneer like them and maybe they would see what they look like, and change.

Problem is, it doesn’t work!

But then The Lord showed me that the way to deal with, cope with, and minister to the arrogant is through humility!

Humility keeps my heart guarded while allowing God’s Spirit to work in the other person. It allows the love of God to be very real and tangible; His love never fails.

You and I cannot change the heart of anyone else. But God can melt even the hardest of hearts, and can capture the souls of the proudest of men and women.

Maybe things can change in other’s lives after all. Let’s not be so arrogant as to believe otherwise.

Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance (Proverbs 21:24 NLT)

“If your enemies are hungry, feed them.
If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap
burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good (Romans 12:20-21 NLT)

In other words, don’t yield to the same arrogant spirit; rather conquer it by being the opposite.


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