After Ness refused to wear Beorns cloak she did grab it and pride or no pride

After ness refused to wear beorns cloak she did grab

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After Ness refused to wear Beorn’s cloak, she did grab it, and, pride or no pride, wore it to keep warm. Later, we see her Irish pride come into play. Her Irish pride, which is patriotism, encourages Ness to say, on page 25, “Someone from Ireland told him? For gold?” 2 As an Irish patriot, Ness was astonished that someone had given up their Irish patriotism for gold. But with Beorn, his pride in his heritage is not just patriotic, a loyalty to a nation, it is self-absorbed pride. “About them (captains) hovered Beorn, listening to every word and desperately anxious to be one of them.”(p23) 3 . In this excerpt, Beorn finds his pride and identity in his Viking heritage. “You (Ness) should be proud to belong to Beorn, the Sea King’s son. I am proud to be Beorn.”(p21) 4 Beorn takes pride in his identity. He rightly believes he has an identity, but he doesn’t have the right identity. If people were to find their identity where Beorn found his identity, then Beorn really did have a superior identity. But, that’s an ‘if’. The fact is people have their identity in their relationship with God; people find their relationship, though, all over the place. Some find it in work, some find it in strength, some find it in relationships, some find it in social status, and some find it in their worldview. Beorn finds his identity (and thus his pride) in his heritage, family (similar to heritage), and worldview. Looking back at that last sentence, are 7
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we then to say that pride must come with identity, whatever that identity may be? Yes. You find pride in your identity, but Christians also find humility in their identity with Christ. Ness demonstrates this in her humility. She did not shun Beorn as a pagan Viking. Rather, it is the sick that need a doctor. Ness did not look down her nose in pride at Beorn, but in pity. She wanted to help him, but she knew she couldn’t force him to do anything against his will. She believed her best tool would be to spread the gospel, and if necessary, use words. She hoped, God willing, to be a light in the dark. On page 120, she was talking to another woman, and said, “I could never make Beorn do anything. Something would have to happen to bring him to us of his own accord.” 5 God is the reason I am a Christian, not myself, not my family, not my friends, not my church. God can use all of them as tools, but they are still only tools in God’s hand. Ephesians 2:1 says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.” 6 We may boast in God, but our humility keeps us (sometimes) from going outside proper boundaries. We take pride in who Jesus is, and are not supposed to take pride in ourselves. Sadly, we still do it. But Christians, just like Ness, aren’t perfect, and we can boast in thankfulness that in our weakness, Jesus shines brighter, as in 2 nd Corinthians 12:9, when Paul says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 7 Paul continues to talk further in the New Testament on the subject of boasting. In Paul says Romans 5:11, “Not only is this so,
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