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Summary: Has pride ever hurt a relationship before? If so, would you like some help in dealing with pride? Here is a sermon about solving the pride problem in relationships. Think about it, less fights, conflict, sounds good.

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THE STORY OF TWO BIG HEADS

GENESIS 3:1-13

THEME: PRIDE DESTROYS RELATIONSHIPS

Most teenagers bring home the report card. Parents look at the card hoping to see some B’s but mostly A’s from their child. If there are C’s and D’s, the parents are disappointment with the teenager. There is a high level of expectations in getting good marks. Also, teenagers can become disappointed if they are typically A’s student, but bring home a B’s to the family. There are high expectations of themselves. I never worried about high expectations. Every semester at High School, I would receive my report card from the teacher. I would be nervous about opening it. There were no nerves about maybe getting a “B” instead of an “A”. It was scaring to see if I passed or not. If I saw that I got over fifty, it was time for celebration. I was so happy to have passed. This is why when I entered Brown Trail School of Preaching, and started to get A’s across the line that it went severely to my head. I felt like I went from a complete dummy to an aspiring genius. Failure can devastate a person, but success can destroy someone. I must admit these new great grades went to my head. I went from believing I knew nothing to believing that I knew everything. I am sure most people cannot stand the wonderful ego that developed. I know it all is some who use to know nothing.

Maybe you have experienced this yourself. You were the underdog, you were the last place person, or you were doubted. But you overcame the odds and succeed. Maybe it was a job that know one told you that you could do. Maybe it was a business that no one believed you could run. Maybe it was a goal that everyone questioned you on. But you did it. Maybe you know some people that have allowed success to go to their heads. Maybe some grew up poor and not they have money and they bragged to everyone. Maybe it is a boss that you had, he worked his way of the company ladder and now everyone has to deal with his ego problem. He has allowed success to go to his head. Success can do terrible things to people. Success can destroy us. Ultimately, success can destroy the relationships that we have with others. People become tired of hearing us brag. People become resentful because we goad about the success with have. People do not want to be around those that are full of themselves. You can hurt many relationships with your pride problem. Friendships have ended; marriages have ended, all because of pride. Pride can hurt relationships.

Would you like some help in dealing not hurting your relationships with pride. It can happen to all of us. Have you ever got mad at your husband or wife because they said something mean to you? Have you ever reacted in a harsh way to someone at work because you felt like they were disrespectful? Have you ever got into an argument with a family member over something little but could not admit you were wrong? Pride had a way of destroying relationships between people. This lesson will help you to have better relationships because you will learn to do with your pride.

Fortunately, we see some teaching on pride in the Bible. In fact, the Bible says a lot concerning pride. It is one of the major issues in the history of God’s people as well as the church. Pride can hurt a lot of people. We see an example of this in the word of God. In fact, it does not take long for pride to hurt some relationships in the Bible. It starts quickly. In Genesis 3:1-6, we see the problem of pride starting to take over. “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, ’You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?" And the woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ’You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’" And the serpent said to the woman, "You surely shall not die! "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

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