This past Sunday, we studied the story of Naaman the leper from 2 Kings 5. We noted that just “leprosy” in the Bible could refer to various skin diseases, as well as leprosy itself, so spiritually, many suffer from “leprosy of the heart”.
As you may recall, Naaman arrived at Elisha’s house, but the prophet did not come to meet him. Instead, Elisha sent his servant with instructions for Naaman to bathe in the Jordan River seven times.
The fact that the prophet did not entertain him but merely sent his servant, plus the idea of washing in the muddy Jordan River (while the rivers of Syria were beautiful and clear) was an affront to this military officer’s pride!
Yes, Naaman was a leper physically, but he was also a leper spiritually. He had leprosy of the heart. What was Naaman’s heart leprosy? His was pride. Pride prevents us from receiving the love of God.
Like leprosy eats away at the body – and life and health no longer reach the various extremities of the body – pride keeps us from receiving the life and health we could have in God’s love.
Haven’t you see the pride of leprosy at work before? Look at that person. They know God’s way is the best way. They hunger for God’s love. But… they are too proud to receive it.
Some pride themselves in being a good person and doing good things. That … is good, for what it’s worth. But being a good person and doing good things cannot save you from your sins.
It doesn’t matter what your family heritage is. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve gone to church. It doesn’t matter what positions you might have held in the church.
The problem is that we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. The only way we can be forgiven and receive eternal life is to reject our pride and to trust in what Christ did for us on the Cross to be sufficient for our salvation.
Pride keeps from experiencing God’s love.
Have you rejected pride so that you might experience His healing in your life?