Twice in two days I have heard two people, two men, confess to having pride. And when it happened the second time it struck me that it was very brave for both of them to say so.
Our culture doesn’t do this kind of confession. Our culture doesn’t like showing personal flaws. And definitely not by men.
It’s because they are Christians. Recognition of personal sinfulness is part of being a Christian, confession of this (sometimes to others, but always to God) is also part of being a Christian. But it still takes guts to admit it.
The example of these two men has encouraged me to be real about my own sins. I too am proud, though it may be in different ways than those friends. And I need to recognise this and other things in my heart for what they are. And I need to confess these sins to God, and perhaps to others too.
I’m so thankful that I’m part of the Christian family that confesses sins and receives forgiveness from God. That supports and encourages each other in personal struggles. That doesn’t condemn but points to the cross of Jesus.
If this hasn’t been your experience of the Christian family I am sorry. Please don’t give up on us, or on God. We are all sinners and we won’t always get love right. I’m sorry for the times that I haven’t been this Christian family. But I pray that God would keep making his children more and more like Jesus, including me.