I’m not talking about brie, the cheese, but Bree the talking horse of Narnia fame. C.S. Lewis cast Bree as a gallant warhorse whose gallantry had gone to his head. Thus, he was a major pain in the side of his companions on their journey from Calormen to Narnia. That is, until Aslan scared him out of his wits. I’ll let Lewis reveal the moment of truth in his words:
“Aslan,” said Bree in a shaken voice, “I’m afraid I must be rather a fool.”
“Happy is the Horse who knows that while he is still young. Or the Human either.”
While Jesus instructed his listeners, and us, never to call our brethren, “You fool,” he didn’t say anything about admitting our own foolishness. You must admit to a certain feeling of vindication when an arrogant brother finally confesses his sin and asks forgiveness. But you must also not express sentiments such as, “Well, it’s about time,” even under your breath. The Bible doesn’t name gloating as a sin, but it has a lot to say about the pride that lies behind it.
Apostle Paul gave us a warning that fits nicely here: Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. (Galatians 6:1) Pride is a communicable disease in the church; too easily we detect pride in others, and that stimulates our own pride which, unfortunately, we usually fail to diagnose. So learn from Aslan’s lesson to Bree. When you’re searching out sin, check the mirror first.