I once walked into an exclusive women’s store and no one asked if I needed assistance.
I felt invisible.
I sensed the salespeople thought I had no business being in the store. Sadly, they had no idea what my financial status was and whether I could afford the clothes or not. The condescending spirit looked at my skin color and dress and decided I wasn’t worth servicing.
I browsed and left after a few minutes.
I told a friend about the incident who worked at an expensive women’s store downtown. She shared a story of a customer that came in with ragged jeans and she was the only one that offered assistance. At the end of the shopping spree, her customer had spent thousands of dollars. Arrogance and condescension kept the other women from getting a huge commission.
A Condescending spirit makes a person assume an air of superiority. She/he patronizes another person and treats them disrespectfully; as though they are of lesser status or value.
Arrogance and condescension can be used interchangeably.
Those of us who have a condescending spirit are arrogant, think we’re smarter than everyone else, more intelligent than everyone else, and more spiritual than everyone else.
The condescending and arrogant spirit clusters with the spirit of pride.
The prophet Samuel puts those words together in First Samuel 2:3, “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.”
- God knows all and sees all.
- Elohim sees the intent of our heart and knows our thoughts from afar.
- Jehovah watches the arrogance, pride, and feelings in our heart even if we try to disguise it.
- El-Shaddi notices when we talk down to someone because they are not as fortunate as us or not as blessed as we are.
- Our Father is aware when we treat others disrespectfully and He does not like it!
King Solomon told us that God hates pride and arrogance so it behooves us to get rid of it quickly. Not only does it prevent us from being prepared for our mate; God hates it!
“To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.” Proverbs 8:13
If we want to be like our Father we have to hate evil as He does. It seems to me that pride and arrogance are evil in the sight of God.
The old and new testament talks about the wickedness of arrogance.
Isaiah prophesied, “I will punish the world for its evil, the wicked for their sins. I will put an end to the arrogance of the haughty and will humble the pride of the ruthless.” Isaiah 13:11
Paul told us in Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
So we should not assume an air of superiority, thinking and acting like we are better than everyone else.
We should not patronize another person and treat them disrespectfully; like they are of lesser value.
We are all of equal value in God’s eyesight. God has no little “I’s” and big “U’s” in His kingdom.
Don’t forget to read next Saturday’s post to find out other spirits that affect a relationship negatively.