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Pride is the curse of the lost and probably the biggest impediment to the life of the saved. We are told that
pride comes before a fall. However, this is an oft misquoted portion of Scripture. In Proverbs 16:18 it says,
‘Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.’ I suggest that these are not one and the
same but merely one is a precursor to the other. Destruction usually refers to the sudden failure of whatever
brought success and whereas God would always lift up a repentant sinner, a continuance of a haughty
spirit, after the event, inevitably leads to personal disgrace.
The world system, from kindergarten to higher academia, is designed to fete the winners. Those who rise to the top are
placed on pedestals and if they have no pride at this time, we will be glad to give it to them. All of us are seduced by
this heady temptation. Sadly, at some time, most of us succumb to its evil infl uence.
What does it gain us in these circumstances but a sense of superiority? Unfortunately, with that superiority come the
heinous sins of arrogance, boasting and self-standing. The world is littered with fallen heroes who, unfortunately,
leave a trail of despondent ‘followers’ in their wake. As it says in Proverbs 3:4, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace
to the humble.’ So what can be done if we fi nd ourselves deadlocked in life; as though we were one who is opposed?
Christ, our King, humbled himself for us on the cross and with this glorious gift we must recognise exactly who we are
and what has been done for us. Not to do this daily will easily lead us to self-importance, no matter whether we are a
traffi c warden or the head of a multinational company. We are to be servants to each other.
If this is recognised then grace will simply pour into our lives. Ironically, it will mean popularity but this must be
also kept in its place, on a daily basis, by giving God all the glory. It will mean peace, harmony and a life of exciting
As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:31, ‘Therefore, as it is written: Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.’
In 2 Corinthians 10:8 he writes, ‘For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building
you up rather than putting you down, I will not be ashamed of it.’
Paul boasts about how he was appointed a servant to raise up others. He found he could only do this from a position
of humility. To be with worldly pride would have meant he would have had to put himself fi rst and then his ministry
would have failed. It is a good time to re-examine the basis for the belief in our own ‘importance’.
Chris Grummitt - Good News Travelling Fast Company.
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