SUMMARY: Excessive pride
OVERVIEW: Haman’s pride was injured when Mordecai refused to bow before him. As a result, he sought the extinction of an entire race of people.
BIG IDEA: Beware of pride—it’s a powerful force.
KEY VERSE: Esther 3:5–6 (Haman’s pride)
When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he was filled with rage. He had learned of Mordecai’s nationality, so he decided it was not enough to lay hands on Mordecai alone. Instead, he looked for a way to destroy all the Jews throughout the entire empire of Xerxes.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Be careful of what you think and how you view people. Be aware that I have created and love all people. Every one. You will never find a person I do not love and that Jesus did not die for. So guard your heart and be mindful what you think about. Do not let your emotions get you so enraged that you no longer think clearly. When you stop caring for someone or when you plot or scheme to harm them, you have crossed far over the line. When you attempt to manipulate situations or others in order to garner support for ill-intentions, you are in a bad place.
Turn to me long before you get there. But even if you wait until you’ve made poor choices, there is still time to turn back. Learn to pray for those you disagree with. Learn to share your heart with trusted friends. Learn that just as I love you, so I love those you may not agree with.
How is your heart? Beware of pride in your life. Do not let it motivate you to do the wrong thing. Anything you need to confess right now?
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