Shelby G. Floyd
Both the Old and New Testament warn against pride. Someone has said that,
“Pride may be considered as the parent of discontent, ingratitude, covetousness, poverty, presumption, passion, extravagance, bigotry, war and persecution. In fact, there is hardly an evil perpetrated but pride is connected with it in a proximate or remote sense.”
The wise man Solomon pointed out long ago that pride leads the way to destruction:
Pride goes before destruction,
And a haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
(Proverbs 16:18-19 NKJV)
Pride Keeps Bad Company
Pride keeps bad company, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” (Mark 7: 21-23.)
Pride Loves to Boast
Pride has a tendency to cause the person that is filled with it to boast of his accomplishments, and to commend himself to his fellow man. Paul said, “For not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Corinthians 10: 18). And Solomon said, “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; A stranger, and not your own lips” (Proverbs 27: 2). The person that is filled with pride usually seeks to justify himself.
What is the Good Life?
The prophet Micah described the kind of life that is approved of God when be said,
He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?
(Micah 6: 8)
May each one of us humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt us in due time!
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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142