“Pride leads to destruction; a proud attitude brings ruin.” Proverbs 16:18
“Proud people will be ruined, but the humble will be honored.” Proverb 18:12
Don’t you you just love people who are proud of themselves! They prance around like a prize winning stallion! They talk about their accomplishments as thought they were the only person ever to have achieved success! I especially love it when they run over people they are close to as a show of power and control! They love to keep their thumb on those who are weaker than themselves.
I hope you’re getting the sarcasm of all of these statements. In fact, the exact opposite is true. No one wants to be in the presence of cocky, prideful, people.
The irony of pride is that it always catches up with us. I know that to be true in my own life. Like all sin, it will find us out! It’s amazing how I can look back in my life and see the places where I was on top of the world in some situation, get a little (or a lot) cocky about it, only to have God remind me how small I am without Him!
Just think about the places in your life where you have the most control. It may be at home, work, school, in a marriage, in a dating relationship, with friends, etc. In those situations where you have control, how do you wield your power? Do you take care to not act like you are better that those around you–even if the truth is that you are? Do you exercise caution when handling the feelings of others around you? Do you go out of your way to serve instead of be served?
Jesus has to be the greatest person to have ever been born. According to scriptures, he is perfectly sinless (Hebrews 4:15). Yet, the only place that I can think of where Jesus describes His own character, He says, “I am gentle and lowly in heart…” (Mathew 11:29 NKJV).
Did you get that? Jesus says, “I am gentle.” He is creator! He is almighty! He is awesome, but never forget His example of being gentle.
Lesson? Let us be gentle to all those around us–especially those to whom we are the nearest.