“How to Win in the Battle Against Pride”Categories: In the Bulletin
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall, Proverbs 16.18. It can be a problem for every person. How can we keep it in check?
- Develop a spirit of humility: Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others, Philippians 2.4. Romans 12.16c says, never be wise in your own sight.
- Listen to the wise counsel of others: Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future, Proverbs 19.20. Solomon also said, The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice, Proverbs 12.15.
- Share your blessings with those in need: How has God blessed you? Never forget you are a steward of what God has given you. Everything you possess is on loan from God. Jesus taught a parable about a rich man whose sole purpose in life was the acquisition of more “things” with no regard for anyone else. It cost him his soul, Luke 12.13-21. One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want, Proverbs 11.24.
If you’ve been living the type of life that speaks more to your dedication to selfish interests than concern for others, resolve to make a change. When you ask God to help you control your pride, you will be amazed at the difference in your marriage, the relationship with your children, and with everyone you meet.
Every day, you can become more like Jesus. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit, Galatians 5.24-25.
— Matthew Allen