~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 7), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Here are a few more scriptures on pride:
Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom.” Pride will bring shame to your marriage, career, and relationships. Take it to the bank. Shame is the aftermath of pride. But with the humble there is wisdom! Many “smart” people are wise in the world’s eyes. If they are not humble, though, they do not truly possess wisdom.
Proverbs 16:5 “Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; though they join forces, none will go unpunished.” Everyone who is proud or arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord – wow! Let that burn any pride out of your heart! Let the purifying fire of the Word of God do its work in your heart!
Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” If you are operating in pride, to the degree that you are operating in it, to that same degree, it will bring you low.
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Have you ever watched a child confidently climb the low limbs of a tree? If so, if their parent was nearby you would likely notice the parent get nervous if the child became nonchalant in their climbing. Why? A haughty spirit comes before a fall.
Galatians 6:3 “For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” In other words, being in pride deceives us into thinking we are something that we are not. Everything we have, we received. The reality is that, in-and-of-ourselves, we are NOTHING. But, we are not nothing in the eyes of God . . . its just that we are something because of Him! We are great because He is in us! When there is something beautiful or commendable in us, it is a chance to be grateful – not prideful! Don’t take credit for what you did not do. Simply enjoy it and give credit where it is due.