Have you ever been around someone who talks about themselves all the time? They rarely take two breaths and they certainly don’t ask about you or how you are.
Have you been embarrassed about the way your parents act or about the rules they make for you, so you don’t invite anyone over?
Do you ever think about going over and talking to someone who is standing alone but you are too shy or too afraid?
Maybe you have been that person without even knowing it.
Pride is like a bad habit that develops without us even seeing it happening.
It usually takes a loving friend to point it out to us by asking just the right question or for God to shine His marvelous light on that dark spot.
Every single situation I have asked about is an example of being proud. The first one seems more obvious because if someone is going on and bragging about themselves than that is easy to spot. However, as you read the other two questions, they wouldn’t seem like pride to you.
I have struggled with the last two more than have the first. By allowing that embarrassment to keep us from having our friends over, we are really robbing our friends of a great time with us, from us enjoying our friend and from sharing what the Lord has given us. That is being prideful and it is not loving God, our friends, our parents, or ourselves.
If we see someone who is standing all alone and we are afraid or feel too shy or inadequate to go over and have a conversation with this person, we are robbing them of getting to know us and we rob ourselves of being a friend and light for Christ. We rob ourselves of what God may have for us in that conversation. That is being prideful and it is not loving God, that person, or ourselves.
Pride is what caused satan to turn his back on God and God despises pride. It is such a stumbling block for us in so many ways. God’s word says, “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:6,10.
God wants to lift us up and exalt us but first we must be humble. It is the only way to love God, others, and ourselves, the way God has called us to.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You would show us any areas in our lives where we may have pride. We repent now of that pride and we humble ourselves before You, in You presence so You may exalt us. We want to love You, others, and ourselves well. In the name of Jesus! Amen!