Read: Mark 6:14-29
As a kid, a common comeback to a friend’s boast was “Don’t let your mouth write a check your body can’t cash”. With maturity such boasts and comebacks should be rare, but pride, lust, and an unbridled tongue can get us in trouble, even as adults.
Caught up in a “party” atmosphere Herod wanted to show his power and influence to the young woman who had just performed a “pleasing” dance. In front of his guests, Herod’s mouth wrote a check he immediately regretted. “Ask me for anything you want and I’ll give it to you”, he promised.
After conferring with her mother, who had been humiliated by John the Baptist for living in a sinful relationship with Herod, the young beauty asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
Having made his promise in front of his top officials and commanders, Herod’s pride did not allow him to deny her request, and immediately “he was greatly distressed”.
We avoid the sin of pride and its damaging effects by understanding we are nothing and have nothing but by the grace of God. We remain humbled before others by demonstrating thankfulness and gratitude. It’s hard to be prideful when in service to others.