'Pride brings a person low...' Proverbs 29:23 NIV
A British newspaper once sent a questionnaire to several of the nation's top writers - including Jeanette Winterson. Among the questions was: 'Whom do you consider to be the greatest living English writer?' Jeanette Winterson replied 'Jeanette Winterson.' Pride is not a good thing, yet it's something that each of us struggles with some of the time. It can take many forms and can make us boastful, jealous, selfish, snobby, nasty, arrogant, demanding and downright rude, to name just a few.
Writer CS Lewis believed that pride leads to every other bad thing. He thought that if we wanted to know how much pride is in us, think about how much we hate it in others. Let's ask ourselves: 'How much do I hate it when others ignore me or fob me off?' The more we hate it, the more it's probably our own pride that others should notice us! Solomon says a man's pride will bring him low because it's easy to fool someone who thinks they are clever. All you have to do to bring them down is suck up a bit to their enormous ego.
Pride can blind you to your own faults and to what the Bible clearly says.
So what now? Pride can cause many problems but worst of all it can be the biggest barrier between you and God. Don't be too proud to admit you're wrong, too proud to say sorry, too proud to admit you can't do without God, too proud to admit you're, well, too proud!
Soulfood: Jer 4-6, Luke 19:41-48, Ps 38:1-12, Prov 8:22-23