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Daily Verse: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Prov. 16:18
“Don’t write a book on pride because no one will buy it.” Joyce Meyer said at the last conference I attended. No one wants to admit pride issues, yet we all have them. And if we don’t want to confess our prideful ways, we can’t deal with them.
Pride leads to destruction because of wrong assumptions and skewed perspectives. I constantly battle pride and have suffered for my arrogant ways, especially relationally. Nothing hurts a relationship more than the inability to say, “I’m sorry.”
When Ron and I argued in the first years of our marriage, it physically pained me to say, “I’m sorry.” Marriage requires forgiveness, humility, and grace from both parties. After ten years of marriage, I’ve become better at debating instead of demanding.
Leading with humility will strengthen any relationship. Identifying prideful ways helps eliminate them and allows us to become more like Jesus.
With humility, our Savior led the way to salvation via the cross.
Lord, forgive us our prideful ways. Please help us see areas of pride we need to address in our lives. Please give us the humility and grace we need to overcome destructive ways. Let us become more like Jesus as we lead with humility instead of pride. IJNIP. Amen