No doubt you've heard this saying before: "Pride goes before the fall." It's a take on Proverbs 16:18, which says, "Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall." The Message version lays it out like this: "First pride, then the crash - the bigger the ego, the harder the fall."
Pride comes in many forms, like ego, false humility, competition, perfectionism, resistance, and more. No matter which way pride comes, it comes as a destructive force. At the very center of pride is the letter 'i.' When we make ourselves the center, we crowd God out. And then we wonder why we aren't hearing from Him or wonder why God isn't answering our prayers. How can we hear from Him if we've put ourselves in His position?
So how do we battle pride? With humility. When you want to win against pride, you have to take yourself out of the center by humbling yourself so that God remains at the center.
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." - Colossians 3:12
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." - James 4:10
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." - Ephesians 4:2
The next time you're wondering if pride is in the way, ask yourself, "What would a humble person do? Will I please God?"
- Today's Prayer -
Today, I surrender to you. I lay my pride at your feet. When I am prideful, Lord, I recognize that I am setting myself up as Lord when that space is already occupied by You. Please help me to treat others with love and humility, and to view others as better than myself as you encourage me to do in Philippians 2.