Pride is described as:
– self sufficiency
– self righteous
– does not listen well
– not eager to learn
– not quick to admit wrong
– easily threatened
Let us look at a few verses that tell us God’s viewpoint on pride:
James 4:6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
I Peter 5:5b All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Solomon said, “A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.” (Proverbs 29:23 NIV)
The psalm quotes, “You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.” (Psalms 18:27 NIV)
Spiritual victory cannot be gained until pride is revealed — and put to death.
A quality that cannot exist with love? is pride…
So if you are having a problem with loving someone, first look to the possibility that pride could be “an issue”. Is pride at work somewhere?
And no, I am not speaking of the “other person’s pride” — for you will naturally first focus there. (smile) How about your own?
I don’t know about you, but I do not desire God to oppose me… or to resist me. Do you?
Don’t think He will? Take a look at these scriptures:
Prov 8:13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
Prov 16:5 The Lord detests the proud in heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.
Well, if God hates it… and He says it won’t go unpunished… who are we to argue with these facts.
I would rather choose to humble myself, than to have myself “humbled” by God or another person. I would rather have God lift me up, and bring resolution to any issue that arises.
This includes putting a watch over my tongue, for slander and gossip is indeed a form of pride:
Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. (NIV)
Slander and pride is likely to backfire on us: Prov 11:2 “When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”
I’ll take this a step further: Gay Pride and other forms of pride that smack straight into the face of God will come to their end as well. Why do the heathen rage?
The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. Isaiah 2:17
In closing, I humbly post this, because love of the Lord is working in us all – to crucify PRIDE everyday in our lives. Let us choose to be humble, and to obey him in this.
*If you have not invited Christ to be your savior from sin, realize that when you do, He will then be “at work within you” giving you his divine nature, which is “meek and lowly”, and as you yield to Him, you are able to resist pride by simple choice.