Mpako Speech na Ebube Chineke

Okwu Mmalite

M hụrụ n'anya na na. Otu n'ime ihe mere m n'anya ụmụaka bụ n'ihi na ha na-egosi anyị onwe anyị. Ha na-na dị ka obere enyo. Ka m kọọrọ gị ihe m pụtara. Kids nwere mara mma nke ukwuu niile n'ime nsogbu ndị anyị nwere, ma nsogbu ndị ahụ bụ ndị dị nnọọ a otutu ihe doro anya n'ihi na ha amaghị otú e si zobe ha ma. Nke a bụ n'ezie doo anya mgbe ụmụaka-eme ihe ha na-agaghị kwesŽrŽ ime.

Ị hụtụwo a nwa ewu aka ihe ha na-agaghị kwesŽrŽ emetụ? Ha ga-ele anya gburugburu ka ọ mara ma ị na-achọ. Ha achọghị ịma ma ọ bụrụ na onye ọzọ eyen na-achọ; ha dị nnọọ achọghị okenye ma ọ bụ nne na nna na-ahụ. Gịnị mere ha ji na, ezie na? N'ihi na ha maara na ị na-isi, na ha achọghị ka ị na-achọpụta n'ihi na ha maara na ị na-ka onye ha ga-aza na-.

Ndị okenye bụ otu ụzọ. Ọtụtụ mgbe, anyị na-na na OK na-eme ihe anyị na-adịghị kwesŽrŽ ime, ka anya dị ka onye anyị na-aza na-adịghị chọpụta. Ị obi ụtọ na adị ruo mgbe ị na-ahụ cops n'ihu. Ma eleghị anya, anyị na-enwe obi ụtọ na-ahapụ ọrụ n'oge dị ka ogologo dị ka anyị onyeisi adịghị chọpụta. Maybe some of us cheat on tests as long as the professor doesn’t catch us. We don’t usually care if people know we’re doing something wrong, ọ gwụkwala ma ọ bụ ikike anyị nwere ịza ka.

na 1 Samuel 2, Hannah prays in response to the birth of her son Samuel. And in this prayer, ọ dọrọ aka ná ntị ndị ọzọ ghara ime otu mmehie, n'ihi na ha Onyeikpe na-ele. Tụgharịa na m na- 1 Samuel isi 2, amaokwu 3.

Unu na-ekwu okwu otú nganga ma ọ bụ ka ọnụ gị na-ekwu okwu ndị dị otú ahụ dị mpako, n'ihi na Jehova bụ Chineke bụ onye maara, na onye omume na-anyịgbu.
(1 Samuel 2:3)

Na nke a ederede, Hannah adọ aka ná ntị anyị megide nganga nke gụnyere ikwu okwu, because God will find out and He’ll hold us accountable for it. Nke ahụ bụ ihe m na-eche isi ihe amaokwu a bụ: If you talk proudly, ị ga-aza Chineke maka ya.

We may be tempted to think our prideful words don’t matter much. But if you think your prideful words don’t matter, I’m afraid for you. They should matter to you, n'ihi na ha na-emetụta Chineke, and He’s the One you have to answer to. We won’t finally answer to our parents, ma ọ bụ enyi anyị, ma ọ bụ anyị ozuzu aturu, ma Chineke.

N'iburu nke ahụ n'uche, M chọrọ ịjụ a ajụjụ ole na ole iji ghọta ederede mma.

ajụjụ 1: Gịnị Ka Ọ Pụtara na-ekwurịta Ji nganga?

Ọ pụtara iji gị okwu ibuli elu onwe gị.

Background

Now typically we would think of self-exalting words as just simply bragging about how amazing we are, ma e nwere ọtụtụ ụzọ na-ekwurịta ji nganga. Na m na-eche otu n'ime ụzọ ndị Hannah bu n'uche bụ ihe anyị na-ahụ na isi 1.

Hannah was the wife of a man named Elkanah. She wasn’t his only wife though. O nwere otu ihe nwunye nke aha ya bụ Penina. Penina nwere umu, ma Hana bụ nwanyị aga. Penina ga isi-ama Hannah banyere ya. Na n'ihi enye ekedide ada na a ụta Hannah wutara ya na ọ ga-akwa ákwá.

M na-eche Penina bụ ihe atụ nke nganga nke gụnyere okwu Hannah adọ aka ná ntị anyị megide. Penina na-abụghị nanị na-akọwa eziokwu ahụ bụ na o nwere ụmụ. Ọ bụghị naanị agbalị ichetara Hannah ndị mere eme. She was taunting her, boasting over her, tormenting her.

That just sounds like she’s being mean. How is it talking proudly? Well it seems like Peninnah was using this as a way to assert herself over Hannah. It seems like she was assuming that somehow her bearing of children made her better than Hannah, nke bụ abụghị eziokwu. Scripture clearly says that children are a gift from the Lord. Peninnah was talking proudly, na ọ ga-aza Chineke maka ya.

Ụzọ anyị na-ekwu Ji nganga

Ma anyị na-aghọta ya ma ọ bụ, we all talk proudly and speak with arrogance in a variety of ways:

1. One obvious way is bragging about our accomplishments. Sometimes we can’t wait to tell others about what we have and what we’ve accomplished. Ma anyị na-adịghị na-eto Chineke n'ihi na ọ na-; the goal is making ourselves look better. I’ve caught myself doing this on many occasions. Ma eleghị anya, na-agba ọsọ n'ime otu agadi enyi ha na-ajụ m ihe m na-eme. M nwere ike ikwu rapping, ma m ga kama na-ezo aka awards ma ọ bụ ndị ọzọ rụzuru.

2. Ma ọ bụ otú banyere ihe ndị anyị na-ekwu banyere ndị ọzọ? Sometimes we slander others. Anyị chọrọ agba ha a ọjọọ ìhè, otú anyị ga-anya ọma. Maybe at work we point out that a particular co-worker is pretty lazy, nke mere na ndị mmadụ ga-achọpụta ihe dị iche n'etiti unu abụọ. Ma ọ bụ ma eleghị anya, kama ịsị na ọ na-eme amara na ndị ọzọ, we’re self-righteous. We stand as a judge over them, n'ihi na ọ na-eme ka anyị na-eche mma banyere ime mmụọ anyị rụzuru. Nke ahụ bụ nganga nke gụnyere ikwu okwu.

3. Or sometimes even when we say good things. Maybe it’s a testimony on a Sunday night. It could be a gripping story about God’s work in a friend’s life, but your motives could be your glory instead of God’s. Or letting someone know you’ve been praying for them. Or teaching a Sunday School class. Even good things can be proud speech if your goal is exalting yourself.

Ụfọdụ n'ime ihe atụ ndị a na-adị mfe nchọpụta, ndị ọzọ. Ya mere, olee otú ị mara ma ọ bụ? Gịnị ekewapụ mpako okwu site n'ikwu eziokwu? Talking proudly is when you don’t acknowledge God as the One who’s sovereign and deserving of glory, n'ime obi gị ma ọ bụ okwu onwe ha. Ma mgbe anyị na, anyị na-ebube ahụ bụ nke Chineke.

Okwu gị pụrụ ikweta na Chineke, ma ihe banyere obi gị? Other people may not be able to tell the difference, but Hannah reminds us that the Lord is a God who knows. Ma ọ bụrụ na anyị na-eji okwu anyị ibuli elu onwe anyị, anyị ga-aza Ya maka ya.

Ke ederede Hannah na-agwa anyị ghara ikwu ji nganga, na mgbe ahụ ọ gwara anyị ihe mere: n'ihi na Jehova bụ Chineke nke maara ma dịrị ihe omume.

ajụjụ 2: Gịnị mere anyị ji na-Zaa Chineke maka mpako Speech?

N'ihi na ọ bụ mbuso agha na ebube Ya.

Ọ bụrụ na naanị otu onye n'ime ndị na abụọ ikpeazụ nkebi ahịrịokwu bụ eziokwu, it would change a lot. If God knew, ma o nweghị onye-ikpe, or if God was the judge but didn’t know. But the perfectly just Judge is also the all-knowing God. Ọ bụghị naanị na Chineke ga-achọpụta, Ọ na-ege ntị. God is at all times tuned in to every conversation that’s happening. Almost like He has an infinite amount of security cameras placed in every square foot of the earth. ọ maara. Na ọ bụrụ na anyị ọgụ ebube Ya na mpako okwu, Ọ ga-ama.

-ezu Chineke

Ọ bụrụ na m bụ ka a gaa n'ime gị akụ, ma na-ego na-etinye ya n'ọrụ akaụntụ m, bụ na-ezu ohi? Of course it is. Ihe m na-ihe na nke gị, na itinye ya onwe m. M nwere ike mbà onwe m ọ bụla nke gị ego na-enweghị na-ewere ya na ị. Na ọ bụ ihe ọjọọ n'ihi na ọ bụ nke gị.

Mgbe mmadụ na-agbalị inye onwe ha otuto, they rob God of His. You cannot ascribe to yourself praise and glory, -enweghị na-ezu ohi site na Chineke. Pride is an attack on God’s glory. Gịnị mere? Because an overestimation of self comes from an underestimation of God. Ka m na-ekwu na ọzọ: ihe overestimation nke onwe abịa site underestimation nke Chineke. Na dị ka anyị na 1 Samuel 1, a underestimation nke Chineke, na-eduga onye na underestimation nke ndị ọzọ. Ya mere, na-eche echiche gabiga ókè nke anyị onwe anyị na-abịa site na-eche echiche oke enweghị ka ọ hà Chineke, na-eduga ná eche kwa enweghị ka ọ hà nke ndị ọzọ.

Penina e chere. Ọ overestimated onwe ya site n'itinye onwe ya on Ọkaakaa ocheeze, as if she opened her own womb. And we’re often guilty of the same. Anyị na-eche na anyị na ndị na-ga-enweta otuto maka na nkwalite, ma ọ bụ ndị na akpa ezi àgwà ụmụ, ma ọ bụ anyị ọnọdụ ego. Ee, Chineke ga-agọzi anyị ịrụsi ọrụ ike, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. God’s will is the real deciding factor in every situation. Ihe dị mkpa akpatre adịghị ike-ayi, anyị amamihe, ma ọ bụ ọbụna anyị ikwesị ntụkwasị obi.

nganga nke gụnyere Speech

So pride is wrong. All of us have some pride in our hearts that we must fight. Mgbe ị na-eche na obi gị na i kwesịrị otuto, that itself is a sin. But prideful speech is taking it to another level. How could we, dị ka mmehie mmadụ, nwere audacity, ọ bụghị nanị na-eche na anyị na-na na kwesịrị ebube Chineke, ma ka na-eweta ya na ụzọ ndị ọzọ? To try to convince others to give us the glory that belongs to God alone. Talking proudly is like not only robbing someone, ma na-agwa onye ọ bụla banyere ya na-agba ha ume ime otu ihe ahụ.

Naanị ihe bụ, God doesn’t need video footage to know you’re guilty. God will not tolerate human beings trying to rob Him of His glory and encouraging others to do the same. Nke bụ ya mere Hannah ekwu anyị ekwesịghị ime ya.

Nganga nke gụnyere okwu na-atụtụ a agha na Chineke, which is why it’s inconsistent with the life of a believer. Dị ka anyị nụrụ nke a ụtụtụ, "Chineke na-emegide ndị mpako, ma na-enye amara-ala n'obi. "

omume ntukwasi

Ọ bụrụ na anyị na Kraịst, anyị mpako okwu, will be yet another reason for God to punish us. Our evil deeds will continue to help the overwhelming case against us. If you’re not in Christ, there is nothing more terrifying than an all-knowing Judge. So if you’re here tonight and you don’t Jesus, biko aka ịmata Ya. Hapụ gị mmehie, and throw yourself on His mercy. He was incredibly humble—humble enough to die so that sinners like you and me can live. Ọ si n'ili bilie na ike nile, na oku ikom na-eso Ya. Anyị ga-amasị m ịgwa gị banyere na mgbe emechara.

Ma dị ka ndị Kraịst, gịnị ka ọ pụtara n'ihi na anyị omume ga-ntukwasi? Every believer in this room will have to answer to God for every proud word they speak, but our judgment will be different. Christ has already taken our sins on the cross. But this warning should still impact the way we live. Mgbe anyị na-eguzo n'ihu Chineke, our deeds will either testify to the fact that we’ve trusted in Christ or that we were too proud to trust in Christ alone.

Ọzọkwa, we want to please the Father. Of course He’s pleased with us in Christ, ma anyị chọrọ ya ga-ụtọ na anyị ezi ọrụ na-esi okwukwe na Kraịst. Anyị chọrọ ime ihe anyị hụrụ anyị n'anya Chineke.

Anyị ekwesịghị ikwe ka mpako okwu na-abịa site n'ọnụ anyị. Ma ọ bụ ezie na anyị ga-aza Chineke maka anyị mpako okwu, anyị kwesịrị ito Chineke na mmehie anyị na-kpuchie ke Christ.

Ya mere, ọ bụrụ na anyị chọrọ ka Chineke otuto site na okwu anyị, olee otú anyị na-alụ ọgụ mpako a, okwu?

ajụjụ 3: Olee Otú Anyị Lụọ mpako Speech?

Anyị na-eme ya site na-aṅụrị ọṅụ n'ime Chineke.

Anyị kwesịrị ile okwu ọnụ anyị na, but that’s not enough. It’s like telling someone with a cold the solution is just to hold their sneeze in. No, na ọrịa bụ ihe kwesịrị ka a wakpoo.

The proud heart rejoices in itself. But the humble heart rejoices in God. Ele anya na nke mbụ okwu n'ekpere Hana bụ n'amaokwu 1: “My heart rejoices in the Lord.” Hannah shows us the proper response to the Lord’s blessing. Ọ bụghị naanị aṅụrị ọṅụ ka Jehova nyere, ma Onye na-enye onwe Ya. Mmeghachi omume anyị nwere ike ịbụ mpako, kama ọ ga-emepụta ịdị umeala n'obi na anyị, n'ihi na anyị na-enweta onyinye si n'aka Chineke

God gives and takes away. God distributes and withholds. Ma Ọ na ya maka ọdịmma anyị na ebube Ya. We falter when we begin to depend on those things too much. Rejoicing in God kills both pride and hopelessness.

Olee otú ị na-aṅụrị ọṅụ n'ime Chineke? Do what it takes to remind yourself who’s behind everything. Praise God when you receive that check. Nke a bụ ya mere na anyị na-ekele Chineke tupu anyị nri. Remembering that it’s arrogant to assume our plans will always go forth. Ekwu Jehova njikere. Give glory to God when others congratulate you on your accomplishments. Unu maka nkeji ekwe ka obi gị na-akwụmụgwọ. -Ele gị nganga nke gụnyere ikwu okwu. -Ahụ na mgbọrọgwụ nke mpako na obi gị.

mmechi

Ọ bụla otu n'ime anyị, ka e nyere ihe dị ịtụnanya ohere na onye ọ bụla okwu anyị na-ekwu. Anyị na-enweta ka anyị jiri okwu ito Chineke nke kere anyị. Anyị na-enweta ka anyị jiri okwu iji nyere ndị ọzọ ịhụ Chineke n'ihi na Onyenwe anyị dị ebube na Ọ bu.

So my encouragement is not to use your words to exalt yourself. Kama, eji ha na-eme ihe e kere gị ime-enye Chineke otuto. Ọ niile bụ nke ya na agbanyeghị.

Ka anyị ikpe ekpere.

mbak

20 comments

  1. aimsbakerzaghachi

    This was so refreshing and convicting. Daalụ nke ukwuu! I’ve got some studying to do to build my convictions on this for sure.
    Aims

  2. faithchanda171zaghachi

    dear lord,our rejoice in for you alone deserve all the glory.help us lord to rejoice in you always and not to rob you of your glory and may we all be humbled before. Forgive us for hurting you and people when we speak with pride. Please dear help to be more conscience with the things we say…Amen

  3. Christopherzaghachi

    Man the introduction pulled me init is the truth! Ever since I’ve have children of my own I see myself in them daily. The whole message you delivered blessed me! Grace and Peace!

  4. Blessedzaghachi

    So nourishing! Daalụ! ahụrụ m nke a n'anya: “Talking proudly is when you don’t acknowledge God as the One who’s sovereign and deserving of glory, n'ime obi gị ma ọ bụ okwu onwe ha. Ma mgbe anyị na, anyị na-ebube ahụ bụ nke Chineke” and this:”Mgbe anyị na-eguzo n'ihu Chineke, our deeds will either testify to the fact that we’ve trusted in Christ or that we were too proud to trust in Christ alone.

  5. Eveno M.zaghachi

    This was a wonderful read. Even in our humility, we need to be careful that we are not doing to make men see that we are humble, which in itself is prideful.
    It explains why the Greek philosophers did not believe that humility was a virtue because many can fake it.
    Daalụ maka nkekọrịta.

  6. jasonzaghachi

    I don’t mean to throw Trip under the bus or have any intention in starting a debate online. I only ask for clarification. I am a recent graduate looking for a job. How do we not speak proudly in a job interview where we have to in some way be comfortable about explaining the good achievements to possible employers?

    • njem Leezaghachi

      Hey Jason
      You’re not throwing me under the bus bro! I think that’s a great question. As I said above, proud speech is when you use your words to exalt yourself. It’s when you refuse to acknowledge God as Sovereign and deserving of the glory.

      You can explain your achievements and convince someone you’d do a good job without robbing God of His glory (after all, our devotion to Him should lead us to work with excellence). You don’t have to say “Chineke ka otuto” after every sentence, but you should do it all with a humble posture recognizing God as the giver of all good gifts. There’s a big difference between humbly pointing to your competence or arrogantly boasting. Make sense?

      • Jessezaghachi

        How, in a culture that frowns upon Christian values being expressed, are we suppose to get, and hold an honest paying job, without our pride getting the best of us? I’m also not trying to throw you under the bus and find faults, but as a teenager who wants desperately to live anunashamed lifestyleand spread the gospel in everything they do, I also need a job. I think the problem is not being able to express our self at a workplace without the fear of being fired.

  7. Johnzaghachi

    Jason,
    Like he said, speaking proudly isn’t just stating facts. It’s seeking to exalt yourself instead of God. You can convince someone you’d do a good job, without robbing God of the glory he deserves for your skill and excellent work

  8. DaughterofGodzaghachi

    I am having a hard time with this quote: “Mgbe ị na-eche na obi gị na i kwesịrị otuto, that itself is a sin.When I do something excellently, I desire a pat on the back, a word of encouragement, or some indication that my work is received as excellent. We praise athletes and sports teams tirelessly, and our entire world operates on awards and platforms that honor excellence. So how do I practically ‘deadenthis desire of mine when, honestly, I don’t want to? I guess just by, in our hearts, acknowledging that our excellence and the work of our hands comes from Him, and attributing all accolades we receive to Him.

  9. Michaelzaghachi

    I just want to take this opportunity to thank you (njem Lee) for letting God use you to glorify him. Me and my wife really enjoy your music. Our favorite song of course isGood Thing”. I read that you discontinued making music to further pursue your ministry, is this true? We need more rappers like you bro.

  10. JBzaghachi

    Trip I agree with most of everything you mentioned in this blog regarding the value of our words except the statement you made thatGod gives and takes away and he distributes and withholds”. God is 100% good! There is not an ounce of bad in him to try to do harm or take anything away from us. Satan steals (takes/withholds), kills, and destroys. We as believers (or non-believers) do it to ourselves by disobeying (or being ignorant of) the spiritual standard God has already set on the earth. God hates pride primarily because it causes a blockage to receive the full goodness he so dearly wants us to have which can give Satan (and his forces) legal right to come in and capitalize on our prideful ways. This is not hate speech or trying to talk down to you but an open dialogue which I believe is the benefit of a blog.

    • njem Leezaghachi

      Hey JB
      Thanks for reading! And for your encouraging words. I agree with you that God is 100% good. There’s no doubt about that. But that doesn’t mean He doesn’t take away. What about Job 1:21? Some of what I said above was an exact quotation from that verse. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

      So God does take away, and He’s still good. The beautiful thing is, God uses even bad things for good in the lives of His people. Ndị Rom 8:28 is a good example of this. I may write a whole post on this so I can make it more clear. Thanks again for reading!

      njem

  11. RWzaghachi

    Jesse,
    As Trip mentioned, God knows all. Whether you give God glory out loud or take credit for your accomplishments out loud, God knows who your heart is giving glory to. Speaking to God’s glory aloud can also be pride speech if your heart is not truly giving glory to God. When we constantly speak of God’s glory around nonbelievers, we are like Peninnah and the nonbelievers are like Hannah. As Christians we have a tendency to feel threatened when we cannot openly praise God. Among nonbelievers we are like Penenniah with a spiritual blessing instead of children and the nonbelievers are Hannah that are left without such blessings as Hannah was without children. What we feel is praise to God, is actually boasting of our blessings. We must be ready to give praise to God at all times but we must not forget about the lost souls who choose not be with Him. You can take recognition of your accomplishments and even take responsibility without taking glory away from God. You received those blessings because you chose to walk His path. Give God glory in your heart, echiche, and prayers. Your words are just that, words. Never lie either. If an interviewer were to ask how you’ve done the things you’ve done, use the word faith. Faith is your choice, by your choice God has chosen to bless you, by giving glory to god for those blessings He will continue to do so. On another note, if you are struggling to find work try to reach out to God even more.

  12. Jonathanzaghachi

    This is a message I definitely needed to hear. I find myself battling with self-righteousness even on Facebook posts that are about God. I guess I need to look deep into my motives for everything I do. My brothers and sisters in Christ, if y’all would, pray for me!

  13. Meganzaghachi

    thanks so much for sharing your messages. i’m 14 and my family doesn’t go to church so i really need this and other Christian resources and stuff to help me figure out what’s what about faith if that makes any sense so thank you for sharing its really helpful and encouraging.

  14. JBzaghachi

    Dig that Trip. Appreciate the feedback bro but unfortunately we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Lol.. There is a verse in Job that statesGod gives and he takes awaybut it was the words of Job not God. Job was righteous and blameless in the sight of the Lord but the moment he spoke those words it came from an ignorant point of view of how he perceived God operated. Reading through the rest of Job (specifically chapters 38-41) God speaks to Job about how ignorant he has spoken of him and asks him questions regarding his assumptions. In Job 42:3 (NIRV) Job replied to God and said: “You asked me, ‘Who do you think you are to disagree with my plans? You do not know what you are talking about.I spoke about things I didn’t completely understand. I talked about things that were too wonderful for me to know.Then in the 6th verse Job said: “So I hate myself. I’m really sorry for what I said about you. That’s why I’m sitting in dust and ashes.After he repented that’s when things started to go real well for him again. God wanted him to see he didn’t take away all his stuff (it was Satan) and it was the fear Job displayed in the beginning of the book that allowed Satan access to enter his life. Trip I don’t want to make a show of our conversation on the ‘comment sectionso if you see necessary just contact my email for reply. I admire your talent and your heart to serve God man. Later

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