Today let’s focus on the five-letter word: P R I D E! In the good sense of the word, we do want to have a sense of pride as we strive to give God our best efforts. But we don’t want that pride to turn into something ugly. Often when we succeed, we forget that it’s God’s favor that helps us. We want the credit for being successful.
Thankfully, God provides his followers with concrete wisdom on how to navigate our tendencies toward this ugly personality trait. (Bill Hybels in The Power of a Whisper). Let’s look at three verses that should guide us wisely:
1. James 4:6 “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
2. James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
3. Romans 12:16 “Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not think you are superior.”
A word of caution: It’s often easier to see pride in others than it is to recognize it in ourselves. Perhaps that’s a good reason to have an accountability partner who loves you and will point out the pitfalls of pride as they come near. Someone who speaks the truth in love is a valuable friend. If you don’t already have a prayer partner who serves as your accountability partner, ask God to reveal just the person He has in mind.
Be humble; and allow God to lift you up as you serve His joy to others.