Pride Comes Before the Fall – When Life Falls Apart #7
By Scott MacFeat
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Pride comes before the fall.” In certain circumstances, pride can be a healthy response. For instance, a father is proud of his daughter when she got an A on her test. But too much pride becomes dangerous. There’s something about it that gets our egos stuck on overdrive. Like when two coworkers disagree on something but neither is willing to back down because they refuse to admit they were wrong. When pride only serves to protect our own self image and interests, that’s when we spiral into its trap. It’s a sin because it replaces God’s will with our own. So, in light of our sermon series, When Life Falls Apart, the danger of too much pride is that it could keep us from being able to actually listen to godly counsel.
Paul says in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” There’s no room for selfish pride in this. Self-centered pride prevents us to discern the will of God (Rom. 12:2). As you listen to today’s 60 second devo, ask yourself what kind of role pride plays in your life and whether or not it’s stifling your relationship with Jesus and your faith community.
READ: Proverbs 13:10, 16:18; James 1:19-20
Watch: Pride Comes Before The Fall