Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
Proverbs 16:5 “The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.”
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
And yet today the word “pride” is celebrated and paraded around as a moniker for togetherness. That’s right, one of the seven deadly sins that God explicitly warns us about is being promoted today as something to celebrate. “Be it for one’s sexuality, one’s race, fraternity, or some other individualistic description, make no mistake about it, pride is a killer in disguise.
Pride suggests that you are who you are because of you. Pride suggests that your blessings are of your own making. But few things are further from the truth. Pride is often driven by poor self-worth and shame. We feel so badly about ourselves that we compensate by feeling superior. We look for others’ flaws as a way to conceal our own. We relish criticizing others as a defense against recognizing our own shortcomings.
Pride prevents us from acknowledging our vulnerabilities. This pride prohibits us from saying, “I’m sorry, I was wrong, I made a mistake.” When pride rules, we believe we’re always right. This makes it difficult to sustain intimate relationships.
Daily Battle Order:
Live humbly. Being humbled is not smooth or painless, but it's our rescue. Jesus Christ dealt with our pride by taking the just punishment for it upon himself at the cross, that we might be renewed in the image of our Creator (Colossians 3:10) and made humble like our Savior.
Jesus is our rescue from pride. You accepted Jesus but have you been rescued?