Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 26th, 2017
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 (NLT)
Pride and Humility
Words and actions of pride lead to trouble! We may even feel that we have the “right” to put ourselves forward in a prideful way. Humility may even seem like weakness to us. However, the Word of God tells us that the choice to humble ourselves leads instead to wisdom. Others will be attracted to wisdom and humility. Pride turns people away.
Prince Harry stopped in Canada for a short visit on his way to the 2016 Invictus Games in Brazil. When he was younger, he was known for his hijinks and poor choices, but as he is maturing, he is spending more and more time with those who are supported by his many charities. According to Toronto’s Carolyn Harris, a royal historian, “Prince Harry has spoken about his mother and wanting to make her proud and we see similarities to Diana’s approach to philanthropy in Prince Harry.”
The world celebrates pride – it drives individuals, movements and nations. It is at the heart of the kingdoms of this world. People are told to take pride in their work, in their families, in the school they went to or the church they attend. The Bible on the other hand cautions against pride. Wise King Solomon writes this in Proverbs 11:2: “Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” What had Solomon noticed as he looked at the world, and particularly those who basked in their pride? The principle of pride in the kingdom of God is that is goes before a fall, and that a haughty spirit leads to destruction. Paul the apostle spoke about bragging only in Christ. As followers of Jesus, we recognize that everything we have is through our relationship with Jesus Christ. We are to walk in humility before Him, living a life of thanksgiving for all that He provides. When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He honours us and our lives become meaningful in Him. How can you boast in Jesus Christ today, and allow Him to shine through you so He gets the glory?
These have been words from the heart.