HOW TO AVOID DESTRUCTION
I want no part of anything that will bring me destruction. We don’t always know the things that will bring us destruction but when there is a guarantee that something is going to be bad and bring destruction, commonsense would tell us that we should stay away from that.
Haughtiness (or pride) is something that will guarantee destruction in our lives. It’s easy to see this unattractive trait in others but it can be hard to detect it in ourselves.
What are some signs that this might be something that is beginning to be an issue in your life?
1. You easily find faults in others. Pride minimizes our own faults and magnifies the faults in others.
2. You strive for attention from others. Pride longs for attention, admiration, and ultimately worship from others.
3. You fail to trust God. Pride tells us that we can do it on our own and that we can’t trust God.
Pride is ultimately seeking honor for ourselves but scripture tells us that if we want honor then we need to do the opposite of what pride tells us to do. We need to have humility. We have to stop putting ourselves first. C.S Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
There is a fine line between pride and being confident in whom God created you to be. If you find yourself thinking and talking more about yourself than God and others it may be time to evaluate the pride in your life. Pride will always lead you wrong, but humility will always lead you right.