Opposed – əˈpōzd
1) [ predic. ] (opposed to) eager to prevent or put an end to; disapproving of or disagreeing with; in conflict or disagreement with; hostile to
2)(of two or more things) contrasting or conflicting with each other
You know, the Greeks had a word for this as well. Yet, this time the meaning is a bit stronger.
Antitasso – än-tē-tä’s-s
1) to range in battle against
2) to oppose one’s self, resist
When I read this, I thought of a Roman soldier: suited up and in battle readiness toward his opponent.
Kinda makes you glad that you don’t have to face this guy first thing in the morning, huh? I’m pretty sure two cups of coffee wouldn’t give me what I needed for the battle.
So, I especially took note when I read one of the uses of “antitasso”.
And I was a little surprised when I saw who was in this fighting stance.
Now, we could think, “Good. He is after all of those wicked people.”
Yes, but the scary thing is it can include me and you as well. Look at this:
How many times this past week have we:
Thought ourselves better than someone else (even in our own church)?
Tried to outdo someone else (even in our own family)?
Treated a service person with disrespect?
Then we fall into the category of the opposed.
It’s really frightening.
So, next time I feel that twinge of pride welling up within, I’m going to picture God suiting up to face me with His legion of angels. I’m pretty sure that will change my tune.
What about you? When do you struggle with pride?