Last week we considered how God responds to pride. This week, I would like to take a practical look at how pride impacts not only our relationship with God but also with each other.
Recently, I have been thinking that gossip is an expression of pride. When we gossip, we are elevating ourselves over others. At times, pride is obvious in our lives, as when we are guilty of acting ‘holier than thou’. At other times, pride can be less obvious and we forget that we are sinners in need of a savior. Today we will read about some consequences for the proud of heart.
Think about these verses.
Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:18-19
Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, but humility goes before honor. Proverbs 18:12
"Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his names, who acts with insolent pride. Proverbs 21:24
Like clouds and wind without rain is a man who boasts of his gifts falsely. Proverbs 25:14
It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glory to search out one's own glory. Proverbs 25:27
A man's pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23
Think about the names given to those who display pride in their lives: haughty spirit, scoffer, insolent, clouds without rain, one who glories in their own glory. These titles reveal characteristics of the proud. They reveal how the prideful person responds to God, to others, to wisdom, to teaching, to reproof, and to punishment. These names and titles are all terms of aggressive insolence. The scoffer turns his ridicule toward God. The naïve refuse to listen or trust in God. The haughty spirit rejects God. The foolish and wicked reveal sin-focused hearts. The boastful attempt to gain glory for themselves rather than give glory to God.
Consider the warning about consequences for the prideful person stated in these verses:
humiliation (being brought low)
I pray that as you read, you will ask God to reveal pride in your life. Join me in praying that we attack any pride in our lives without mercy.