Pride Leads to Destruction (Proverbs 16:18)

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”—Proverbs 16:18

Pride can be difficult to control. Pride is “a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.” Pride, as defined here, is similar to confidence. And just about any book on success will tell you that self-confidence is necessary. But self-confidence, run amuck, is ungodly pride.

While it’s nothing wrong with feeling good about your accomplishments, don’t let that make you think you’re always right. I received high marks all throughout my college career. I’m proud of that. When I think about it, it makes me feel good that I was able to overcome my weak high school academic performance. But I rarely mention these accomplishments because I try to keep a humble approach. Yes, I worked hard. But if my parents hadn’t taught me to love reading, where would I be? If my grandmother hadn’t made me read while visiting her, where would I be?

The problem with uncontrolled pride is that it makes you think you’re more than what you are. Never forget all those that played a part in your success. You didn’t get to the mountaintop alone! Pride causes people to misuse and abuse others because they must achieve at all cost. But that kind of pride never leads to a good place. Pride leads to destruction.

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