This one is typically manifested by the thought, “I deserve good things. I've worked hard for what I have and I deserve it.”
We think we deserve good things, therefore we see no reason to be thankful for the blessings we receive. And it's not a big leap to the even more selfish thought that we deserve better.
In Psalm 50:10-12, the Lord God reminds us that everything belongs to Him:
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.The point: it all belongs to Him. That He blesses us with any of it at any time is an immense privilege and a blessing beyond comprehension.
I know all the birds of the mountains; and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell thee; for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.
Another way this aspect of pride shows itself in our lives: We are critical of, quick to complain about, and generally discontent with our:
But Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud. Therefore wrath came upon him and Judah and Jerusalem.In the 20th chapter of 2 Kings, Hezekiah (the king of Israel) became very ill. He prayed to God for deliverance from his sickness, and God heard his prayer and answered it. However, Hezekiah, upon his miraculous recovery, became full of himself, or proud. In the Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary, it says that he thought too much of himself because of the miraculous recovery of his health, as if he deserved it - as if it "had been merited by his righteous conduct".- 2 Chronicles 32:25
It is the proverbial picture of the man begging and pleading with God, making a "deal on his deathbed". Yet, after mercy is bestowed and he is made well again, he runs off like an animal freed from a trap, not looking back. Swearing and profanities are likely to drop from his mouth sooner than praise to his Deliverer.
A godly person, a Christian, should live a life of being overwhelmed with God’s undeserved mercy, grace, and goodness.
Truly, we are deserving of hell. A preacher that I have much respect for once said, "What is my motivation? That He has not given me what I deserve - hell; instead, He has given me what I do not deserve: that's Him."
We should be immensely grateful to God for forgiving us of so much.
What shall I render to the LORD
for all his benefits to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD,
I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the LORD
is the death of his saints.
O LORD, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
You have loosed my bonds.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the LORD,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!- Psalm 116:12-19
Just a few "thought-points" to think on as we go about our daily lives:
- Being thankful and grateful in general toward others
- Thank God and others often, especially for "the little things" that we take for granted
- Expect nothing, so anything that is received is greatly appreciated.
"...give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."- 1 Thessalonians 5:18