“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
If we are all honest, we would admit that we struggle with the issue of pride in one way or another. I remember in college sitting with one of my Bible professors, Dr. Ken Neller, and asking him if I would get over my struggle with pride. Fast forward 15 years and I am still wondering the same thing.
As I have walked through Beth Moore’s book Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spriritual Strongholds, I have learned so much about pride. One thing that she points out is that we don’t have to have a high opinion of ourselves to be prideful.
Pride is not the opposite of low self-esteem. Pride is the opposite of humility. We can have a serious pride problem that masquerades as low self-esteem. Pride is self-absorption whether we’re absorbed with how miserable we are or how wonderful we are. ~ Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word pg. 58
We can have an over-inflated or under-inflated opinion of ourselves which both result in self-focus. I have learned that the way to overcome pride is to shift from the focus on self to a focus on the Almighty. We must seek out our true identity in Christ as children of the King, redeemed, forgiven, worthy…because of who He is. This means a shift from worship of self to a worship of the True and Living God!