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The Leper, His Pride, and a Humble Healing

Today’s blog is a guest post from author Kathy Collard Miller. This post is also a GIVEAWAY! Keep reading to the end for how to enter.

Has your own pride ever gotten in the way of something good God wanted to do in your life? Or maybe your own version of self-protection blocked something good God wanted to give you?

It happens all the time. There’s a story in the Bible that shows how a prideful man with leprosy almost rejected God’s healing because of the way God chose to heal him. For the entire story, read 2 Kings 5:1-14.

Naaman was an important man of high regard in Aram. He was an army commander and a valiant soldier. But Naaman also had leprosy, a disease that, in his time, brought shame and isolation.

A Jewish servant girl told Naaman about God’s prophet Elisha who could heal. Naaman agreed to make the journey to see Elisha and took much gold and silver with him, expecting to pay a high price for his healing.

But God’s instruction to Naaman for healing, through the prophet Elisha, was simply to wash his body seven times in the Jordan River.

Naaman stormed off in a fit of anger. Why didn’t God’s prophet wave his hand and cure me? Besides, we have better waters to be cleansed in than these here in Israel!

The Wisdom of a Servant

But Naaman’s servants who were with him were wiser than he. They gently asked him to consider his motives. Here’s a paraphrase:

“What does it matter which river you wash in? What are you trying to protect? You are the same person regardless of where you wash. See yourself the way Jehovah God sees you as important and valuable. Elisha has promised God will heal you. Why would you spoil that?”

Perhaps Naaman’s pride was an attempt to protect himself from the shame of leprosy. Elisha’s humble instructions for healing may have felt like disrespect to Naaman. And the situation was out of his control, threatening to tear down the prideful wall of protection he had built around himself.

Admittedly, I may be reading between the lines of this story. But, sometimes, God does allow us to experience difficulty so we will learn humble dependence on Him (2 Corinthians 1:9). “Even if obeying me puts you in a position of emotional danger, will you let me heal you as I walk with you through dirty waters?”

From Humility to Healing

Finally, Naaman willing humbled himself. He faced the rebellion of his pride, and subjected himself to what he feared—being viewed as someone only worthy of washing in a dirty river. And he was healed!

So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean (2 Kings 5:14).

Child of God, do you wish to be healed and delivered from the lies which create a lack of self-control, hurting both yourself and others? Be willing to be exposed to what you fear. Take hold of God’s power to obey. Use his power to reject your sinful inclinations and trust him enough to know He will define your value and wipe away your shame.

Kathy, today’s guest blogger, is giving away a copy of her new book, Pure-Hearted: The Blessings of Living Out God’s Glory. For a chance to win, comment on this post. (US addresses only please.) Earn a second chance to win but sharing this post on Facebook. Leave a separate comment that you shared. The winner will be drawn on Friday, January 12th at 8am central time.

Kathy Collard Miller is an award-winning author of over 50 books that include Christian living topics, women’s Bible studies, and Bible commentaries. She has spoken in 8 foreign countries and over 30 US states. Kathy and Larry have been married for 47 years. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. They live in Southern California and often write and speak together. Visit her at She would love to hear from you. (This guest blog is adapted from Pure-Hearted: The Blessings of Living Out God’s Glory) Kathy would love to connect with you on social media. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


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40 Responses to The Leper, His Pride, and a Humble Healing

  1. Carol Sumner January 8, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    thanks for sharing this blog today. Pride has been something I have struggled with in the past, and I can see where God has allowed those around me to encourage me to put it aside. It is a hard thing, but so freeing when we do.

    • Kathy January 8, 2018 at 5:56 pm #

      Carol, thanks for sharing today! You are entered!

      • Caran Smith January 9, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

        Thanks for sharing…Pride has been a struggle with me!

        • Kathy January 9, 2018 at 1:51 pm #

          Hi Caran, isn’t if funny that the biggest thing that keeps us from admitting we are prideful is pride itself! Repenting from pride takes humility! You are entered!

        • Kathy Collard Miller January 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm #

          Thank you for sharing, Caran. How wonderful that you can identify it for only then can God help us. Thank you for your honesty. I relate!

  2. Carol Sumner January 8, 2018 at 2:12 pm #

    Shared to facebook

    • Kathy January 8, 2018 at 5:57 pm #

      Hi again Carol! So, there is a Facebook button, but it may simply be a “like” button not a “share!” I should get that fixed. However… you can copy the URL address and paste it into a Facebook post. I do that often! If you’re willing, try again!

  3. Carol Sumner January 8, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    well, I tried to share to FB, don’t see it, though…

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm #

      Hi Carol, thanks so much for sharing your heart and certainly, you are not alone in this struggle. We all face it to some point. Sometimes, I just think my pride is much more evident to everyone! LOL. And yes, it is freeing, isn’t it? We don’t realize how much it has a hold on us until we let it go. So thank you. I will let Kathy Howard make the call on the Facebook thingy. Should she try again, Kathy?

  4. Kathy Collard Miller January 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm #

    Thank you so much, Kathy, for giving me this joy of sharing on your blog. I praise God for your ministry and sure appreciate your support.

  5. Julie B January 8, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

    Shared on Facebook

    • Kathy January 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

      Thank you Julie! You are entered!

  6. Julie B January 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm #

    Pride is something I have struggled with. Thank you for the blog post and giveaway.

    • Kathy January 8, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

      Julie, thanks for sharing. I struggle too! You are entered twice!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 8, 2018 at 7:12 pm #

      Julie, I sure appreciate you stopping by, reading, and sharing with others.

  7. Dee Ward January 8, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    Pride rears its ugly head way too much in my life..and it does so very subtly and sneakily if
    I don’t keep my eyes on Jesus and stay in the word. Satan uses this tool way too well..and loves it when he succeeds!!

    • Kathy January 8, 2018 at 7:02 pm #

      Hi Dee! Pride is indeed subtle and sneaky. It sneaks up on me all the time! You are entered!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 8, 2018 at 7:13 pm #

      I sure relate to you, Dee. It is so subtle and destructive. I’m praising the Lord that you and I can take the first step to overcoming: recognize it. Without that, it stays hidden. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Helen Tisdale January 8, 2018 at 10:50 pm #

    Simply a profound story to remind us of having too much pride! Love it!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 9, 2018 at 11:06 am #

      Helen, I sure appreciate you commenting and putting your name into the drawing. It truly is a profound biblical story with many messages. And the theme of pride truly comes through and points us to the subtle ways we are revealing our pride and don’t know it. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Noelle January 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks for giving us a chance to win this amazing book

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 9, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

      Thank you, Noelle, for stopping by and I do hope my book will be meaningful to many. And thank you for sharing on FB and twitter!

  10. Noelle January 9, 2018 at 12:17 pm #

    Shared on Facebook and Twitter

    • Kathy January 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

      Noelle, thanks for coming by! You are entered in the drawing!

    • Kathy January 9, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

      Thanks Noelle! YOu are entered twice!

  11. s.t. January 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm #

    from humility to healing….makes me think of isaiah 66:2 – …but this is the man to whom I will look, he that is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word. (RSV)

    grace and peace Kathy and Kathy! keep up the good work

    • Kathy January 9, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

      Thank you for the Isaiah reference! Grace and peace to you as well. You are entered!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 9, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

      Thank you! Love how you shared an important verse. Humility and contrite and godly reverence go together. There’s a post in itself! Blessings to you.

  12. Marilyn Higginbotham January 9, 2018 at 6:13 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to enter! This is a subject I can never hear too much about.

    • Kathy January 9, 2018 at 6:58 pm #

      Me either! You are entered!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 10, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      Hi Marilyn, thanks for entering the drawing and for affirming we all need this subject. I’m so glad the Lord is gracious and merciful as He faithfully and patiently delivers us from pride. The key is greater trust in Him.

  13. Patricia Jaracz January 9, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    I don’t ever want my pride to get in the way of a blessing from the Lord!

    • Kathy January 9, 2018 at 6:59 pm #

      Me either!! You are entered!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 10, 2018 at 10:42 am #

      How true, how true, Patricia. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing.

  14. Julie Beaird January 10, 2018 at 7:17 am #

    This was the subject of my pastor’s most recent sermon. I think it is something we need to beware of continually. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Kathy January 10, 2018 at 9:00 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Julie! You are entered in the drawing!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 10, 2018 at 10:43 am #

      Thank you, Julie, for confirming it’s importance and I’m so glad your pastor is brave enough to share it with you all. Some people don’t like to face the possibility in their own lives.

  15. Donna Hall January 10, 2018 at 8:34 am #

    Thank you for the insight. I have battled with my pride often. It is always my prayer to be humble and listen to the Lord.

    • Kathy January 10, 2018 at 9:02 am #

      Hi Donna! You are entered! Pride is so pervasive in all of us. It is the beginning of many other sinful attitudes and actions. God is constantly pointing out areas in my own life where pride is a problem!

    • Kathy Collard Miller January 10, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      God bless you, Donna, for being willing to face this pernicious challenge for all of us. At least we’re in the same boat! LOL