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PRIDE

Scripture

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. (Proverbs 16:18-19)

 

Observation

Throughout Scripture, we are told about the consequences of pride. Satan was cast out of heaven because of pride (Isaiah 14:12-15). Pride has also caused many Christians to fall. There is a difference between the kind of pride that God hates (Proverbs 8:13) and the kind of pride we can feel about a job well done (Galatians 6:4), or the kind of pride we express over the accomplishment of loved ones (2 Corinthians 7:4). The kind of pride that stems from self-righteousness or conceit is sin. That is what God hates because it is a hindrance to seeking Him (Psalms 10:4).

Application

Pride is giving ourselves credit for something that God has accomplished. If pride is taking the glory that belongs to God alone, it is essentially self-worship, something to be mindful of with a repentant heart. If someone praises you, give thanks and take it as a gift from God whilst maintaining humility. On the contrary, how often do we think we don't need God because we have the resources, wisdom and power to handle all situations?

Prayer

 

Dear Lord. So often, pride draws me away from You. Let me always be reminded that I am finite and limited whereas You are infinite and unlimited. Let me also not be arrogant but always consider others better than me.