Pride empties the soul, inflates egos, leaves us restless, robs us of integrity.
Today we tackle a subject that pokes holes in every part of my being. I wish I could tell you differently. It is one my biggest struggles. When I follow the thread of pride in my heart, it leaks and spreads into every area of my life.
Carlos Whitiker in his book To Kill a Spider, kindly (insert sarcastic eye rolling here) guided me through the cobwebs in my heart, to the spider creating the fibers tangling me up.
Pride, my pride, lies at the root of every other weakness in my life. I. Know. That. Pride resembles stepping into an angry mound of fire ants. Before you know what is happening, it is not one ant stinging, but droves of them. One ant follows another and another before you know what is happening they spread into your clothing, socks, shoes, and any other crevice they might find to cause misery and pain.
Pride resembles stepping into an angry mound of fire ants. Before you know what is happening, it is not one ant stinging, but droves of them. One ant follows another and another spreading into your clothing, socks, shoes, and any other crevice they might find to cause misery and pain.
I detest the little pests, and yet, I am willing to tolerate my pride. Some days, going so far as to embrace it.
I cannot begin to list every Scripture in the Word concerning pride. There are many. I want to share a small sampling with you.
“Though the Lord is exalted, he takes note of the humble; but he knows the haughty from a distance.” Psalms 138:6 (CSB)
“When arrogance comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2 (CSB)
“Everyone with a proud heart is detestable to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 16:5 (CSB)
“A person’s pride will humble him, but a humble spirit will gain honor.” Proverbs 29:23 (CSB)
Lastly, Habakkuk 2:4 in first the CSB version followed by Eugene Peterson’s, The Message.
“Look, his ego is inflated; he is without integrity. But the righteous one will live by his faith.”
“Look at that man, bloated by self-importance – full of himself but soul-empty. But the person in right standing before God through loyal and steady believing is full alive, really alive.”
With pride, we are:
- Bloated by self-importance
- Without integrity
When we slay our pride we are:
- In right standing with God
- Fully alive
- Faithful and living righteously
This side of my life I will never entirely eradicate pride. However, I am intentional to shut it down before it runs too far out of control. I am diligent in capturing my prideful thoughts, taking them captive to His Word. I can only pray, that I will decrease as He increases. And grace. Grace upon grace from a loving, merciful God.
“Since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the domolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2Corinthians 10:4-5 (CSB)
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