Churchill’s mother was extremely proud of her appearance and charm. For nearly
ten years she was considered the most desirable lady in England. She once said,
"I shall never get used to not being the most beautiful woman in the
lessons we should learn about pride.
The Danger of
Pride is based on
selfishness and lack of love for others.
13:4,5 – Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not seek its own.
A proud person
thinks he is more important than other people and should be honored and
appreciated above others. Such an attitude is fundamentally unloving. Love
teaches us to seek the well-being of other people, but the proud person seeks
only his own interests and desires.
Pride leads to a
– Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to
be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 18:12 –
Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility.
Proverbs 29:23 –
A man's pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.
The proud person
does not want to admit his mistakes. He resents anything that prevents him from
getting his way. But sooner or later pride will lead to a person’s downfall.
Pride alienates a
person from God.
Proverbs 16:5 –
Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Though they join forces,
none will go unpunished.
1 John 2:15,16 –
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world,
the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of
the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father
but is of the world.
James 4:6 – God
resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
Because the proud
person exalts himself and seeks to have his own way, he finds it difficult to
submit to God. Sooner or later the proud person will resent the commandments of
God and will choose instead to pursue his own way. As result, inevitably the
proud person must either learn to humble himself. or else God will consider him
to be an enemy.
The Danger of
Pride regarding Appearance
There are many
ways that proud people may try to exalt themselves above others. One way is by
physical appearance. They think external appearance makes them superior to
others. Either men or women may have this problem, but the Bible especially
Proverbs 31:30 –
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she
shall be praised. God’s word nowhere condemns physical good looks, but those
who overemphasize appearance are like those who overemphasize material wealth.
It is easy for them to become conceited and allow their appearance to become
1 Peter 3:3.4 –
Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold,
or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart,
with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very
precious in the sight of God.
Women and men
need to learn humility about outward appearance. All earthly advantages are
temporary. No matter how handsome or beautiful you are, those good looks will
fade over time. If you trust them to make you important, you are headed for a
Later in life, as
a result of wearing extremely high heels, Winston Churchill’s mother fell. She
broke her leg, which eventually had to be amputated, and ultimately led to her
In her case,
pride literally led to her downfall and her death. But more important, pride
can lead to our spiritual downfall and spiritual death.
Have you allowed
pride to keep you from serving God, or are you willing to humble yourself,
become His child, and dedicate your life to His service?
David E. Pratte, 2019, David E. Pratte
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