PRIDE: A PROUD LOOK
Proverbs 6:16 lists seven things about a person that are an abomination to the LORD. The very first one is “a proud look.” Prov. 16:5 also says, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD. He shall not be unpunished.”
The ancient Greek philosophers and playwrights all considered a haughty self pride to be the greatest sin of mankind. Even though their gods were false ones, they intuitively knew pride was bad and ultimately destructive.
Prov. 15:25 says, “The LORD will destroy the house (family) of the proud.”
Jesus in speaking to (teaching) his disciples (Mark 7:15-23) told them that it is not what enters a man that defiles him, rather that which comes out of him that defiles him. One of the defiling things he listed was pride (v. 22).
The pride we are talking about is the one where a person thinks more highly of himself than he ought, or think of himself to be better than some other people. It is not the “proud moment” of your child achieving something; you are rightfully proud of them. That kind of pride can be tempered with humility. A haughty self-pride is devoid of humility.
Never think yourself to be “better” than someone else. Your circumstances or behavior may be better than theirs, but don’t devalue them as a person. God sees them all with the same eyes of love equally. Their souls all have equal value to Him whether they are a homeless alcoholic “bum” or the President or king of a country.
A way to remain humble is to look at the ‘down and outer’ and think to yourself these words: "There, but for the grace of God, go I.” A person with a “proud look” cannot say those words. Don’t be that person. Humility is a god-fearing trait and a mark of good character.
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