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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Versus: Confidence vs. Arrogance

con-fi-dence [kon-fi-duhns]–noun
2.
belief in oneself and one's powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance:

ar-ro-gance
[ar-uh-guhns]
–noun
offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.

Have you ever been in the situation where you feel like someone is really abusing their powers and abilities? For example, there may be a professional football player that is really talking up his ability to play ball. You can't really argue with him because he has the game to back up his talk. Is that being confident or being arrogant?

This is a tough thing to discern. I think the key thing to look at here is the difference in the definitions. They both have key words, I believe, that signifies a difference. Confidence has the word "assurance." It's true that this can be a part of arrogance too but the key word for arrogance is "offensive." If it is abrasive and overbearing, that's a fairly good sign that it is arrogant.

There are a couple times in Scripture that I find some arrogant sections.

The one that comes to my mind is in Philippians. In chapter 3, verse 17 Paul says "Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example." The first time I read that, I was like "Woah!! Paul, getting a little full of ourselves are we?" But after re-reading, I feel like he's being confident in the life he is living. He is confident that even though he is sinful, God is working through him enough to where people should be following his example.

We can and should follow his example too. And that can go for any other solid Christian figure today. We can follow their example in living a holy life, just as long as we realize they're human too and we shouldn't idolize them.

With that being said, are you using the gifts and position in your area of influence that God has given you rightly? Or are you using it to boost your own glory?

-sam

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