Proverbs 13: King James Bible
Only by Pride – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter thirteen, Verse 10
10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Only by Pride
There’s something that I’ve learned over the years, that I’d like to begin this devotional with. And this is something that I noticed, whenever something either went wrong, or otherwise not how I would’ve wanted it to go.
What I noticed, was that there was either someone or something to blame. I also noticed, that there was this overwhelming compulsion, to stretch out my arm, so that I may select who’s fault something would be, and point a finger away from myself, and toward the person who I decided to blame.
Sound familiar, or was it just me? Pride has this way of causing you to completely take yourself out of the equation, when it comes to something going wrong. It’s always got to be someone else’s fault. Even God’s fault. When you begin feeling that you’re always surrounded by a bunch of idiots no matter where you go, there’s a good chance that you’re the problem, and have been made blinded to it by way of pride.
Victim-hood is in high demand these days. It’s all the rage to be a victim of one thing or another. Please don’t get me wrong, there are people out there that are honest to goodness victims of something. Those people are not who I’m referring to.
The people that I am referring to, are those who are their own worst enemies, because they refuse to take care of a problem at it’s source, and have made an art form from shifting blame around (as if it changes the end result). So long as nobody thinks anything is their fault, they rest easy.
This is the handiwork of that old iniquity we call pride. How much daily contention do you think, the behavior above causes? Have you ever noticed how easy it is to find fault in others? That’s not an accident, but the flesh becoming judge through pride.
Be honest with yourself when something goes wrong. I’ve saved myself a ton of embarrassing moments by simply reflecting on a situation, and how I may have messed it up. It doesn’t hurt to check. And whenever I did botch something up, or butcher a situation (whatever the case may be), I’d realize it, own up to it, and move forward from there.
It’s counter intuitive to admit things of that nature. The reason for that, is pride. The more often you fess up, the easier it gets, and the less unwanted contention is caused. Never make the decision to die on the hill of pride.
Related New Testament Scripture
Mark 7: King James Bible
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
James 4: King James Bible
4 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
We recognize that pride is considered to be the original sin. Please remove every ounce of fleshly pride that may run through our beings. Root out any iniquity that you may find upon us through your examination, and fill any gaps left behind with the humility and meekness, fitting for sons and daughters of the Most High God. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever stopped to think about any arguments that you may have had with anyone, to figure out if they were only by pride?