Overcoming Pride & Embracing Humility
Overcoming Pride & Embracing Humility
Are you exhibiting pride in your everyday life? The word has a very negative stigma outside of in reference to pride in one’s nation or one’s work after working hard on towards an end result. Outside of those instances, most people are hesitant to admit that they walk in pride. Many times other people will see it, but the person who exhibits this characteristic do not or just denies it completely.
Now, how about humility? This is a character trait that most people desire. Both the Bible and society deem this is an attribute that people should possess. Do you have it?
Pride- 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.
There is a fine line between pride and high self-esteem or confidence. The key words in this definition is inordinate (not within proper limits). This means that one has moved from a place where they are secure in themselves to an unhealthy place of self-praise. This can be realized in 2 ways:
People can see it through your actions and attitude. A reluctance to hear what other people’s opinions concerning a matter whether the person is involved or not. A look of disdain for someone else because of what they have, look like, or the way they act that does not meet the individual’s criteria of what is acceptable. Someone looking to be recognized for the work they have done or they are upset.
It may just be in your heart. Some people are able to put up a good face to mask their pride, but our God knows the motives and intentions of our hearts.
We have to be able to examine ourselves and allow God to reveal to us if we are exhibiting pride. Also, if you discern or see someone who walks in pride, pray for that person. We are no better than our neighbor. We all need God’s help with something.
Dangers of Pride:
Isaiah 2:12- The LORD Almighty has a day in store for all the proud and lofty, for all that is exalted (and they will be humbled),
Proverbs 10:4- 4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.
Proverbs 11:2- 2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18- 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 21:4- 4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart— the unplowed field of the wicked—produce sin.
Overcoming- to prevail over
How do you overcome pride? You can overcome pride.
Have a good understanding of who God is.
God is the great one. He is the one who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise. God is the Alpha and the Omega (the beginning and the end).
We cannot compare with his greatness. Everything that we are is because of him.
God has supreme authority over us, and he determines our eternal future.
Revise False Beliefs
Understand that you are not better than others. “What gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?” (1 Corinthians 4:7)
Understand that accomplishments and positions do not entitle you to anything. “It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself.” (Proverbs 25:27)
Instead of pride, embrace humility.
Humble-modest, lowly, having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience
Humility is a matter of self-awareness in the right way. A person who has accomplished different things can be humbled at the hard work it took to get where they are. A person who has been wealthy since birth can be humble understanding that their privilege had nothing to do with what they did but the hard work of others before them. A person who is living for God can be humbled at the fact that they are able to live holy before God because of God’s power and not their own. Humility is allowing others to praise you for what you have done and choosing to praise and appreciate others for what they have done.
Rewards of Humility:
James 4:10- 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
I Peter 5:6- Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that in due to He may exalt you.
Embrace- to take or receive gladly or eagerly.
How do you embrace humility? You can learn to embrace humility.
Let go of pride.
Do not allow your ego to dictate the way you handle situations or have relationships with people. Proverbs 29:23- 23 Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.
Look for ways to not focus on the good that you are doing, but the good that others are doing too. Philippians 2:3- 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,
Sometimes it can be difficult to look at our own flaws, but it is the first step to deliverance. If we do not realize that we need change or need direction, we will not seek God for help to overcome the things that control us. Overcome pride, and embrace humility. It will take you further, God can use you, and you will have better relationships with others. It is a process, and God is patient with us and there to help.