2 Kings 5:7
“And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “ Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.”
-Naaman, commander of the Assyrian army was a great man of valor though infected with leprosy. He must have searched everywhere for healing options in vain but a young girl from Israel brought news of hope for healing; to Naaman’s wife. Instead of writing to Elisha about Naaman’s leprosy, the king of Assyria wrote to the king of Israel who was humble & honored God. The king of Israel tore his clothes for the Assyrians never honored God & was in distress for a squabble would have emerged with the people & against God, for by pride comes nothing but strife (Prov 13:10). He knew his position as a mortal king & let the prophet Elisha execute Gods’ healing power upon the Naaman. Naaman for a time also displayed his pride when he refused to wash in the river Jordan because it was dirty. When he was assured of healing, he humbled himself, washed in the Jordan & was made clean, then proclaimed the name of the Lord. Sometimes pride may come in many ways including arrogance in actions & speech, spiritual pride etc which only leads to ruin. We are called to clothe ourselves with humility for God resists the proud & gives grace to the humble (1 Pet 5:5).
You have been gracious to us Lord; we rejoice in Your salvation. In the sincerity of our hearts Father; we are sorry for the many times we have harbored pride in our hearts, forgive us Lord. Heal us, our families, leaders, friends & everyone else from pride Jesus we humbly implore You & fill us with humility. Comfort us with Your grace King of glory so that we may remain peaceful according to Your will. All glory & praise belongs to You Lord; now & forever. Amen
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