THE PRIDE OF LIFE
What is the pride of life that the Bible tells is is not born of God’s love? How and why is it damaging to ourselves and others? The Bible gives us real insight and wisdom into this subject. Let’s take a look.
1John 2:15,16 says: “Do not love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Because, all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; however, the one who does the will of God, abides forever.”
Notice that the “love of the world” and “things of the world” here referred to, are the materialistic selfish pursuits of what the world we are all a part of and have helped create, has to offer us, in the promise of a better tomorrow. The materialistic oriented world we live in, creates in us the constant need and desire to have more and need more. It appeals to the desires of the “eyes” and the “senses.” We have created a counterfeit world with counterfeit values based on acquiring more, and having more in the pursuit of happiness. This creates in us the desire to greedily pursue and achieve or gain what we then feel will make our life happier, more fulfilled, and with it give us the sense of value, and acceptance and love we perceive we are lacking and in need of. This materialistic oriented world which we create, provides us with a false sense of self as a substitute for love, in order to mask over the pain and suffering we also have created in our selfish pursuits. This pursuit of materialistic pleasure, is creating a bankruptcy in the human spirit, and a loss of our true sense of self in the unity of love and brotherhood that we all truly need to be happy.
The “love of the world” the Bible refers to, is a love centered on selfish wants and desires we greedily pursue, giving them primary importance in our life, and which thus exists outside the will of God. The will of God is fulfilled in unselfish love, which pursues values that blesses others and has a balanced respect for all life and relationships. Jesus taught that the will of God is fulfilled in love of God and love of neighbor (Mathew 22:36-40; Romans 13:9,10). His teachings were rooted in selfless love, mercy, compassion and non judgment (Mathew 5:43-48; Luke 6:35-38).
The “world” the Bible is referring to is the world we have created to serve our fleshly desires and selfish longings (2Peter 1:4; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:144,15). It is the world centered on materialistic goals and values which feed and create our constant longings for more, and also creates value judgments of those with less and those with more (James 2:1-4). The love of the world here in scripture is called lust, because it is fueled by greed or selfishness which the Bible actually defines as a form of idolatry or worship of self in undue selfish devotion to the pursuit of having and getting, in order to be valued by self and others, based on we can have, what we have accomplished and what we possess (Colossians 3:5; James 2:1-4).
We create the “pride of life” by measuring our worth, or that of others by what we or they possess, or how we/they look, etc. The Bible refers to this type of pride as boastful. Boastful pride is all about self. It says: “look at me, how I look, and what I have, and what I have accomplished.” It is a form of self worship; of idolizing oneself through the eyes of others. It is the pursuit of self, and valuing self over “others.” Whereas love looks to serve others and bless others with what we possess and what we have accomplished,” and love places equal value on others for what they are able to do, and accomplish, great or small, and contribute to in life (John 13:13,14,15; James 2:1-4; Mathew 20:1-16).
Pursuing materialistic oriented goals to find our worth, or true meaning of life, robs us of these very things, and enslaves us to the pursuit of getting and having without ever finding the fulfillment that we seek. Instead it instills in us a false sense power in the pursuit of having and getting, in order to buy acceptance and love, and fulfillment in life. This need to have and acquire is actually fueled by the fear of not being enough, or having enough in order to find “real” happiness and meaning in our life and to be accepted by others.
Materialistic pursuits in and of themselves cannot “cure” our world, or fulfill what it promises. The very foundation of the materialistic world we live in and its premise, is built on false pride and beliefs which deny the very foundation and sustaining power of life, which is unselfish love for the sake and fulfillment of love itself. If love is the foundation of all our goals and actions, then material goals are used to benefit and bless everyone, and not to buy love, and self worth, and gain power over others. Love gives us self worth and happiness and works for the good of all. Love is Master over all situations and conditions and yet never seeks to control, because the need to control is born of fear; and fear is born from lack of love. The Bible says “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” (1John 4:18) Love is the answer in all situations which are out of harmony with love and goodness, therefore it never has a need to control because it is the balance point and harmony of all things great and small that challenge our lives.
The moment we are in the true Light of perfect love, which is by it’s nature free of fear and unconditional, we become the answer and have a clear understanding of what is needed to bring things back into balance and wholeness. Our thoughts and actions then come from that understanding and balance within us. That is why the Bible says that love never fails (1Corinthians 13:8).
The Bible says that the “world” of materialistic lust and self pursuit, is passing away, and also its lustful selfish desires. This is because such a world does not support life, it is self destructive, and if continuing in the way of selfish pursuits, will self destruct from the inside out. Trying to find happiness in materialistic pursuits is like trying to fill a bottomless well. There is no solid foundation there to support the structure of our life (Mathew 7:24-28). There is no real lasting satisfaction in what we attain, when it is sought after for the wrong reasons. We can’t find lasting happiness and fulfillment in the things we possess if that is our motivation for having them. We will then, always have to have more. We find happiness and fulfillment in how we use, and appreciate and share with others, in love, the things we possess. Otherwise the things we possess own us, and we serve them and give up our freedom to have them. That is why the Bible refers to greed as idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Greed is a self centered lustful appetite which seeks to have, own and possess for the sake of self gratification. Greed seeks to fill an emptiness, whereas love comes from the fullness of life itself. We can only find lasting happiness in what we accomplish if it is motivated by love of what we are doing, and if our motivation is not only to enrich our lives but that of others. Love embraces the whole of humanity (John 3:16).
Jesus (Yeshua), said He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and that no one comes to the perfect knowledge of the Father except through Him, as the Son. He is the way of life and rebirth into the kingdom of the Father’s perfect love through faith, by Way of the Cross for the atonement and forgiveness of our sins, which then frees us to love and let go of unforgiveness and hatred, and to enter the knowledge, experience, and true reality of the unconditional nature of perfect love, and be perfected and sealed in that love through the power of the Holy Spirit of God’s love, which is given to us in Yeshua’s Name by “Way of the Cross,” in our walk of faith. He is the Truth, meaning He is the living embodiment of Truth and the revealer of perfect Truth as the eternal nature of perfect love, and as our true nature, born in Christ of the Father’s perfect love (Colossians 2:9; 1John 4:8-12,16,18,19; Mathew 5:44-48; Ephesians 3:17-20; Galatians 4:19).
Truth is not a doctrine, or a religion, it is the living principle of life, manifested as perfect love (Titus 3:4-6; Ephesians 3:16-20; John 1:14,17,18; 15:9,12,13; 17:22,23,26; 1John 1:1,2,3; Psalm 36:9). He is the life, meaning in the reality, experience, and Truth of His perfect love, is the source and revelation of eternal life, and our eternal nature in that perfect love (1John 1:1,2; John 1:1,2,3,14,17; 5:26; 8:12,31,32,34,35,36; 17:23,6; 11:25,26,39,40,44; 2Peter 1:4; Psalm 36:9). That is why Jesus (Yeshua) said, that no one comes to know the Father (source of life) except through the Son (being born from the Truth and Life essence of the Eternal Son of God, which carries the “genetic blueprint” of what we are to become as eternal sons and daughters of the Eternal Father and source of life) (2Corinthians 3:18; 1John 3:2,9; 1Corinthians 15:45,47,49; Galatians 4:19).
He truly is the way the truth and the life. He was with God as the living Word of Life, in the beginning and from all eternity, as the Son, the perfect reflection of the Father, and as the beginning of all creation who spoke life into existence, as the Living Word of God, the creative life force (John 1:1-3; Hebrews 1:1-3). He is the living Word of life, implanted in our heart through the life giving Spirit of the Eternal Son who is formed and born in us through faith by Way of the cross (Galatians 2:20; 4:6,19; 1John 3:9,11,14; Romans 1:16,17; John 1:1,12,14,16,17,18).
In Him is the promise of true freedom from the pain and suffering, and evil that we experience in our world and in our life. Yeshua truly provides the way to our salvation, by becoming the living Way through faith and rebirth into the eternal kingdom of the Father’s perfect love. In perfect love, evil cannot exist because it has nothing to feed on or sustain itself with. Yeshua says in the Bible book of Revelation 21:1,2,4,5 that He is making all things new, and sickness, death, and sorrow will cease to exist. He promises a New Heavens, and a new Earth manifesting the pure light of Truth and love. Only those who enter into the true Light of the Father’s love as revealed in Truth and grace by way of the Cross through the heart of His Eternal Son, will enter into that eternal City (Psalm 36:9; Revelation 21:10,11,22-27) Yeshua said He is the door (John 10:7,9,10,11,15,17,18). He is the entry point through our heart, into the unconditional love of the Father, and through that love, into the realization of our eternal son-ship with the Father of all creation (John 1:12; Mathew 5:44-48; 11:27-30; John 16:26,27; 1John 1:1-3; 4:8-10,144.16-19; 5:10-12; Romans 8:2,15; Galatians 4:6,7; 2Thessalonians 3:5; Colossians 3:14-15; Ephesians 3:17-19). He is the eternal Truth of life, revealed in the Father’s eternal love, by Way of the Cross of His beloved Son, for our eternal salvation (Mathew 5:8; Ephesians 3:17,19; Colossians 2:2,3,9; 3:15; 2Thessalonians 3:5; John 1:12,14,16-18; 1John 4:7-1,14,16-19; Psalm 36:9).
He invites everyone to come to Him and learn of Him, and to receive rest for there souls from the cares of this life and be truly set free from addictions, from sorrow, from fear, from depression, and the powers of darkness, and from death itself (Mathew 11:28-30; John 8:12,31,32,34-35; Colossians 1:13,14; Romans 6:4,6,11,12,18,19,21-23; 2Thessalonians 3:3; 1John 5:18; Revelation 21:4,5). He died and rose again so that in Him, through Him and by Him, we can be reborn, regenerated, and brought into a true eternal son–ship relationship with the Eternal Father and life giver and sustainer of life, and enter into the kingdom of heaven, both inwardly and outwardly, and which will be manifested in the New Earth which is to come according to His loving intention and purpose for mankind, and for our regeneration through His love by faith, and the sanctifying work in His love by the Holy Spirit, which He gives to those who accept Yeshua as their Lord and Savior in faith working through the power of His love (1John 4:7-9; Mathew 6:10; 19:28; 2Peter 3:13; 1Timothy 1:10; Ephesians 1:3-13; 2:4-10; 3:16-19; Titus 3:-7; Galatians 5:6; 4:19; Romans 5:5).