April 16, 2023
Scripture Passage: Proverbs 16:18
The problem with pride is that it is a dangerous and deceptive sin. Nothing brings more destruction to our nation, homes, and relationships than a prideful spirit.
Adrian Rogers says, “Pride is a problem that all wrestle with, and those who think they don’t have it probably have more of it.”
A good self-image or self-esteem is not pride, neither is receiving honor or awards we’ve worked for.
Pride is an attitude of independence from God; it is a spirit of ungratefulness to God. A prideful person esteems himself better than other people.
Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
There are five ways pride will ruin and devastate our lives if we do not deal with it immediately.
Pride is a matter of the heart; if we are not right with God, we cannot be right with one another. But the grace of God is sufficient for everyone.
James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
There is none so bad he cannot be saved, there is none so good he doesn’t need saving. Defeating pride begins with humbling ourselves before the Lord.
After considering the serious problem of pride, take some time today to evaluate your heart. Do you have a pride issue? Are you facing the consequences of a prideful spirit without even knowing it? Humble yourself before the Lord, and ask Him for forgiveness.