Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Fighting against pride.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom.
What is pride? Why does God detest pride so much? What is so bad about being proud? Let's check what the Bible says about pride.
Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 13:10 Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty pride before a fall.
Isaiah 25:11 God will bring down their pride despite the cleverness of their hand.
What is pride? Pride is the attitude that we don't need God. We are doing great all by ourselves. It's almost like saying directly to God, "Go take a hike. I've got everything under my control, and I don't need you. I don't want you around."
Why is a prideful attitude so offensive to God? Think about it: God made us. He gave us the abilities to think, to feel, to act. When we are not grateful for what he has given or when we think that who we are has nothing to do with him, we are acting like spoiled little brats. Who wants to be around an arrogant little kid?
It's a good thing for us that God doesn't reject us when he totally rejects our pride. In fact, God has sent us a helper. The Holy Spirit nudges us when we are feeling proud. If we confess our pride to God, he is quick to forgive us and to help us with self-control and humility.
Pride leads us away from God. Pride leads us toward destruction, hurt feelings, and embarrassment. Stay far away from pride!