Fighting Pride

Proverbs 13:10

Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance, but most people can detect pride when they see it.  When you hear the word pride a particular classmate or coworker probably immediately comes to mind.

Pride says to do things my way because it is more important for things to be done in a certain fashion than to make sure they are correct.

Pride shows up in places that you wouldn’t expect in churches.  There are people in every church who cling to traditions or believe that things must be done a certain way without exploring other possibilities.  We don’t think of these things as being prideful because they aren’t self-centered.  In fact they are often even well intentioned.

Those who are wise will listen to advice from other people before choosing a course of action.  They are willing to admit that someone may have a better idea and want to choose the best idea, not the one that they originally held to.

To fight pride one must have humility.  Humility involves listening to other people and giving them an honest chance when they present something contrary to what you want.  Pushing through with your own way will cause problems but listening to advice will help you make the best decisions.

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