Christian Balance The Competitive Spirit With Scripture Analysis

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“Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice, or the Lord will see and disapprove and turn his wrath away from them”
(Proverbs 24:17-19, NIV).
How do you as a Christian balance the competitive spirit with Scripture that tells us not to rejoice when we see our opponent fall?
To answer the question, “How do I as a Christian balance the competitive spirit with Scripture that tells me not to rejoice when I see my opponent fall?” After pondering this question, I must admit that I have been guilty when hearing that something may have happened to someone who has done spiteful things towards me and I must admit that I have been guilty of rejoicing in their downfall. This is what I find myself saying that they got what they had coming to them.
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Consequently, if I allow my spiritual nature to rule, my reaction will be differently. It is my belief, that is a mark of a committed Christian. Thus, meaning that I do not seek revenge for a wrong that was done to me. As a follower of Christ, I need to make certain that I behave graciously in defeat, and benevolently in the victory. By laughing and mocking my enemy in distress, I am putting God in a position of defending that person to whom I show contempt or even malice towards.
In concluding my discussion post, boasting for me would be showing pride and glorifying oneself. Not only that it takes the glory away from the Lord. If I desire to glorify someone, then let it be to glorify God in order to encourage others. To quote Matshona Dhliwayo, “If you show off do not get upset when God doesn’t show up,”
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