“Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.” -Proverbs 13:10
Fools do not listen to counsel. They like to think their way is better, won’t listen to reason and will ultimately fail. Chaos ensues when the prideful behavior comes. Pride clutters our brains and hearts, leaving no room for discipline and correction. It clogs up our effectiveness to learn from others. It causes us to fail and will humble us when we fall from it. Pride closes down the ability to gain wisdom, and that, dear friends, is not a good place to be. So, how does one dismantle pride?
When we fall off of our high horse of pride, humility and humbleness follows up right after. How we choose to react after that fall shows what wisdom we have gained from that experience. Are we bitter or better after that fall? What do our actions show? Do we try to lash out to others or do we laugh at ourselves, dusting off the humility and be truly humble? Are we so humiliated that we hide or face in shame and slither away, never to be caught up in the pride factor again? Can we truly pick ourselves up, shake off the humility, look at what pride did to us and truly gain wisdom from that life lesson? It is a deliberate choice how we react. We’ll lick our wounds, put a bandage on our egos, then rise up with a new and refreshed sense of being and start again with a profound learning of our newfound faith of stepping out in humbleness.
God loves a humble heart. He honors obedience and gives us wisdom when we take His counsel and the counsel of those who are wiser in God’s ways. Read His holy Word, adhere to it and be wise.