"When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom."
Verse 2 sums up much of the wisdom in the Bible in eleven words. If I could somehow convince myself to keep this truth at the forefront of my mind and my heart on a daily basis it would save me tons of heartache, conflict, and time in confession.
Whenever we get our feelings hurt, feel attacked, get defensive, or feel the need to justify our actions, character or opinions it is the subtle whisper of pride that is reaching into our lives. When we give credence to that whisper it convinces us that we need to prove our greatness. Oftentimes this means we have to belittle someone else, or criticize differing viewpoints, all so that we can maintain pride in our self. It is pride that causes us to think more about ourselves than others. If we were more concerned with what other people thought of themselves and what we think of ourselves we would be focused on their needs, their psyche, their feelings.
Frederick Warren said it this way
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I would offer another take on that same quote. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less and others needs more.
In our narcissistic culture where "Selfies" are the new portrait, it's hard not to become self-obsessed and self obsession is pride run rampant.