Pride Comes Naturally for Me

I don’t like to admit it, but pride comes naturally for me. I think pretty highly of myself. I think a lot about myself. I tend to be preoccupied with my needs, my desires, and my preferences.

In pride, I remain silent because I don’t want people around me to hear me say something stupid. In pride, I self-righteously hold my head high, thinking I am better than others. In pride, I talk a lot about myself in a self-occupied, me-centered way.

Yes, pride comes naturally for me. I don’t really have to work at it. Can you relate?

The problem is that God doesn’t like pride at all. That’s why I need to battle pride with the truths of Scripture. Here are five verses that challenge me.

1.    Proverbs 8:13 - “Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”

2.    Proverbs 11:2 - “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.”

3.    Proverbs 16:18 - “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

4.    Luke 18:14b - “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

5.    I Peter 5:5b - “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’”

Lord, please help me put off pride and grow in humility. Help me to be centered on you. Help me to serve others. Help me to surrender my will to your will, my desires to your desires, and my way to your ways.

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