I’ve been proud of particular accomplishments, of my family, and of my church. I think such pride is a reasonable thing. But there is a kind of pride that is sinful and harmful. It is a pride that replaces love with an attitude of arrogance.
It comes when we think better of ourselves than others. Pride is what makes us stubborn. It’s an arrogance in the heart that can cause us to belittle, scorn, or even abuse other people. While it may, for a time, convince us that we are better than others, it can, at that very moment, be destroying our souls.
Don’t swallow your pride as much as positively choosing to see the good in others, choosing to seek to serve their needs as or even before you consider your own.
Ironically, we tend to feed our pride thinking that will make us happier. The truth is that putting our pride second builds enjoyable and fulfilling relationships.
The Bible teaches the truth that pride not only doesn’t make us feel truly better or stronger but, instead, can destroy relationships while it hardens our hearts.
Don’t be afraid to be proud of your kids, or if a job well done. Just make sure that you aren’t, in the process, thinking that you’re better than other people. That kind of thinking is destructive to your soul.
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. Proverbs 16