Not long ago I was talking to a Christian leader who had fallen into immorality. He shared with me that prior to his fall he had become a very prideful person and thought he was above ever falling into sin. At this point he fell and can never be restored to the position he once h … More
TEMPER IS WHAT GETS MANY OF US INTO TROUBLE. PRIDE KEEPS US THERE.
These verses discuss pride, humility and disaster (vv. 18-19). Pride blinds and humility opens the eyes. It is easy to tolerate in ourselves what, when we see it in the life of someone else, fills us with disgust. Often you will find those in leadership who constantly tend to put others down in an attempt to lift themselves up. They may become very legalistic in their way of life and try to get everyone to live according to their demands. Then they become very proud of the fact they don’t do this and they don’t do that. True humility is rarely a characteristic of this type of person.
This next verse says that if a man is to have success he needs two things (v. 20). Wisdom is needed to teach him what to expect from himself, and trust will show him what to expect from the Lord. The man of wisdom sees more reality in the smallest promises of God’s Word than in the greatest demonstrations of what this world has to offer. Psalm 2:12 says, “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” This is the person who is going to find true happiness in this life.
I need to watch out for pride that may creep into my life. It is very hard to see it in my own life so I need to ask close friends to point it out to me. If I am truly humble I probably will not know it.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness. Good sense is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the instruction of fools is folly.
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Proverbs 13:1-5Our speech should be uplifting
Proverbs 13:6-13Pride causes us to be contentious
Proverbs 13:11-15Following instruction will spare you sorrow
Proverbs 13:14-20Friends will take you up or down
Proverbs 13:21-25When genuine love is questionable
Proverbs 14:1-5No work means no harvest
Proverbs 14:6-12Fools think their ways are right
Proverbs 14:13-17Failing to live by the truth of God’s Word
Proverbs 14:18-23It’s important to listen to instruction
Proverbs 14:24-29A bad temper is a sign of weakness
Proverbs 14:30-35Emotions effect our physical conditon
Proverbs 15:1-5Choose gentle words
Proverbs 15:6-11Refusal to take correction brings discipline
Proverbs 15:12-15We feed what our heart craves
Proverbs 15:16-22Love is more important than riches
Proverbs 15:23-27Wise leaders always seek advice
Proverbs 15:28-33The righteous weighs his words carefully
Proverbs 16:1-4God’s Sovereignty in Shaping the World
Proverbs 16:5-11Making Enemies to Be at Peace
Proverbs 16:12-17Better to Have Wisdom than Gold
Proverbs 16:18-22Pride Goes Before Destruction
Proverbs 16:23-26The Way That Seems Right to Man
Proverbs 16:27-33A Whisperer Separates Friends
Proverbs 17:1-4The Lord Tests the Hearts
Proverbs 17:5-9Children Need to Revere Their Parents
Proverbs 17:10-14Evil Men Seek Rebellion
Proverbs 17:15-19A Friend Loves at All Times
Proverbs 17:20-28A Merry Heart Is Like Medicine
Proverbs 18:1-5With Dishonor Comes Reproach
Proverbs 18:6-12A Fool’s Mouth Brings Destruction
Proverbs 18:13-24Finding a Wife Is a Good Thing
Proverbs 19:1-9Wealth Makes Many Friends
Proverbs 19:10-19Chasten your son while there is hope
Proverbs 19:20-29Judgments are prepared for scoffers