What is the truth about pride?
Pride leads to disgrace,Proverbs 11:2
but with humility comes wisdom.
It’s not easy to live with humility in a culture that tells us to put ourselves first and follow our own truth … and also promotes the belief that our feelings define our reality.
I decided to look up the definition of pride and found the following…
- 1. A high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
But I also found…
2. Reasonable self-esteem: confidence and satisfaction in oneself: SELF-RESPECT.
I believe that the second definition is the one being encouraged by culture but the first definition is the truth about pride that Solomon was addressing.
Psalm 131 begins with these words…
Lord, my heart is not proud;Psalm 131:1
my eyes are not haughty.
I don’t concern myself with matters too great
or too awesome for me to grasp.
David is believed to be the writer of these words and I believe he was saying … I don’t pridefully think of myself as being better than others and because I don’t know all of the details of their lives I won’t “concern myself” with what I don’t understand.
The Life Application Bible Notes say, “Pride results from overvaluing ourselves above others… By contrast, humility puts others first and allows us to be content with God’s leading in our lives.”
A Living Example of God-Honoring Humility
I‘d like to tell you about Tilden and Loretta. They were members of the small congregation we served years ago.
Tilden welcomed everyone with a big ol’ bear hug and the words, “Do you how much Jesus loves you?”
Whatever your answer, he and his dear wife were prepared to show you. Whether it was setting up or taking down chairs, washing dishes, visiting someone who was sick, sharing a meal, or anything else . . . Tilden and Loretta were willing to serve.
They weren’t looking for big assignments that came with pats on the back and lots of recognition; they did the small tasks that most people ran from. They took the lowest place.
Luke 14:7–10 says…
When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, He gave them this advice:
Don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed.
“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table.“
The best part . . . the thing that I remember most about Tilden and Loretta is their joy. They just bubbled with the joy that comes from knowing and loving Jesus. Their contagious joy rubbed off on everyone around them. They were humble, content, and joyful following Jesus.
And I believe one of their secrets was a short prayer Tilden lifted to the Lord each morning…
Yes! I surrender this day to God. I will follow where He guides and I will do His will as He reveals it to me. Amen.
I wish I had a picture of these two humble giants of faith to share with you. But maybe it’s okay. Maybe there is a face you can put with my memories. Maybe you know precious God-given blessings like Tilden and Loretta.
A Prayer to Know the Truth About Pride
and to Live with Humility
Father, the truth about pride that You want Your children to know is that it leads to disappointment, discouragement, and dissatisfaction. Your Word tells us that pride leads to disgrace and humility opens us up to wisdom. Humility helps us open our hearts and minds to Your truth about faith and life.
Your Son, Jesus, is King of kings and Lord of lords yet, He humbled Himself and took on the form of a servant to make it possible for sinners like me to be forgiven and live with You forever and always. He is the Shepherd who cares for Your “sheep.” He came and lived among us and showed us what it means to love with care and compassion.
Father, thank you for people like Tilden and Loretta, who show us what it looks like to be living examples of humble love … people who don’t just talk about Your love but who actively live it in everything they do.
I’m sorry, Lord, for the times I’ve listened to a culture that tells me to put myself first when You tell me to put others first. Please forgive me. Teach me the truth about pride and by Your grace, give me the wisdom that comes through humility … wisdom to serve in love and live with contentment and joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
I want to be humbly content to follow where the Lord leads me and I want to do it with a heart full of joy.
And I believe that’s only possible when I pray and live the words Tilden taught years ago…
I surrender this day to God. I will follow where He guides and I will do His will as He reveals it to me. Amen.
You see if you and I are not following God’s guidance and doing His will with the help of His Spirit, we will give in to cultural pride.
I truly believe that the truth about pride is that it makes people miserable. When you and I are completely focused on ourselves and comparing ourselves with others … it’s impossible to have the contentment and joy the Lord wants for us.
Psalm 131 ends with these words…
Put your hope in the Lord—Psalm 131:3
now and always.
It’s a command to the people of Israel but it applies to us all.
So, may we put our hope in the Lord, surrender our lives to Him in humility, and watch Him fill our hearts with the contentment and joy the enemy wants us to look for in all the wrong places.
God bless you and fill you with humble love and joy today and always.
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