Pride makes people impatient, angry over slights, resentful, envious, angry at competition, scornful of correction, revengeful over offenses, conceited in opinion, domineering in conversation, critical of anyone’s weaknesses, and empty when it comes to forgiveness.
Pride causes these and the many other “uglinesses” of the human soul to slash and burn meaningful relationships with family, children, coworkers and friends.
Without pride, fighting and strife would quickly end. It is arrogant confidence and haughty self-importance that keeps contention – conflicts and quarrels – going. But, wise men and women are humble and open to hear other opinions, choose to avoid contentious people,and pass over offences. They are peacemakers.
If there is fighting in your life, family, business, or church, it is because of pride. Is it your adversary’s pride, your pride, or both? A wise man or woman will do what they can to end the war with prideful words! They will use soft words (Proverbs 15:1), love (Proverbs 10:12), or slow responses (Proverbs 15:18) to pacify anger and gain peace. They would rather be humiliated or offended than to fight, so he or she will pass over offences (Proverbs 19:11).
If covetousness, envy, passion, and revenge have roles in conflicts, pride has the lead role.
“Ask God to have mercy and help! The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear,” Isaiah 2:17-18.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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|Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others in all generations and careers or vocations to live and express excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She is a sought after keynote inspirational and humorous speaker and teacher throughout the United States internationally in Ministers conferences, International Spiritual leaders Conferences, and in National and International training seminars for various organizations.|