A Short Study of Proverbs 16:18
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Pride can render every other grace useless. Think of all that is lost to pride: salvation is spurned because of pride, spiritual growth is stunted because pride will not allow us to forsake a previously confessed belief, brethren remain separate over some useless controversy because neither is willing to admit to error or to giving the issue too much importance in the first place, deep hurts remain unhealed because pride forbids apologies, secret sins lie on the conscience because pride prohibits confession, the ministry of the church is dimmed as the Spirit of God is grieved by the divisions occasioned by pride. The list could go on and on. And the most ridiculous thing of all is that we humans, of all God’s creatures, have the least reason for pride. I could understand the lion’s pride or peacock’s vanity, but human pride is absurd. No wonder God hates pride (Proverbs 6:16-19). Let us hate it too!