“But the high priest rose up and all who were his supporters, that is, the party of the Sadducees, and being filled with jealousy, indignation and rage. They seized and arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail.” Acts 5:17-18
We’re studying the first church in the book of Acts. The apostles are preaching and healing, the people are joining their group, and the religious leaders are unhappy.
Our verse today says the religious leaders were filled with jealousy, indignation and rage. Why weren’t they happy that the sick were being healed? Why weren’t they believing in Jesus? Pride.
Pride is a carnal emotion and affliction that affects our spiritual eyes. It makes us blind to what is pleasing to God and what His will is. It is the root cause of such issues as jealousy, indignation and rage. The religious leaders couldn’t accept the fact that God would speak and use ordinary people to do His work.
How does pride affect us every day? Do you feel like someone is using you or that you’re not getting your needs met? Do you feel like someone else got what you should have? If we truly trust God and put our complete faith in Him, then we can know He will take care of us, so there is no need for pride.
Let’s examine our lives and our daily walk. When instances come up where you don’t feel you are being treated fairly, take it to God and ask Him to handle it. He will take far better care of you than you ever could.