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I’m always right! November 13, 2011

Posted by daniel ayad in Behaviour, Biblical.
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Some people in this world are very opinionated. When these people have an opinion they may be very local in expressing their opinion, going even to great lengths to fight for it. I’m sure many of you can relate to people who think they are never wrong…or perhaps more commonly associated with the saying ‘I’m always right’. I wonder why this attitude is prevalent in society today, and what the effects are.

The bible is full of proud people who thought that they were always right. In fact we recall a story very early in the bible with Cain who was arrogant and believed only he was right, while his brother Abel was wrong. “And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell….and it came to pass, when they (Cain and Abel) were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. (Gen 4: 3-8)

Cain was angry when the Lord accepted his brother’s offering and not his. Cain certainly knew the offering that was required to please the Lord, but he chose to be angry and maintain that he was right. Pride got in the way of his thinking.

God advises him to not get angry and to accept that he was wrong. He just needs to admit his mistake and correct it. God says “if you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” (4:7).      

Cain however chooses to get even angrier when God advises him to stop sulking and make an acceptable offering. He chooses to be angry with God and angry with his brother Abel which leads to Abel’s murder[1].

Now Cain talked with Abe his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:8-9)

The scary thing is that even after committing murder, Cain is still unmoved and his attitude is still all wrong. He stands there in arrogance in front of God saying “Am I my brother’s keeper?” He’s completely lost all his awe and reverence towards God and has the same pride and arrogance as Satan because the way he speaks to God, he is placing himself equal to God[2].

It’s easy to see here how a simple sin can lead to so many others if not checked at the first instance.

Often when somebody refuses to admit he is wrong, he blames the next person. Look at Adam and Eve. Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve. Maybe if Adam/Eve had accepted responsibility for their actions history would need to be rewritten[3]. Stop blaming the person next to you and accept that you’re at fault.

We’ve seen that when we’re in the wrong, our shame, embarrassment, pride, ego, and arrogance can stop us from accepting that we needed to be corrected.

Don’t be stubborn so that you lose people as well as yourself. You could very easily lose your faith and consequently lose eternity.

Be humble, loving and gentle. Remember that pride is a mask of one’s own faults and at the bottom of all great mistakes.

You’ll sleep at night with a clear conscience once you admit that you were wrong, and stop thinking you’re always right. And don’t forget that more often than not, you’re wrong anyway.   

 


[1] Fiby Henien, I’m never wrong!!!, pg 2, 2011

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid,pg 4

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