Day 12

Humility and Pride

from the Proverbs reading plan

Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 15:33, Proverbs 16:18-19, Proverbs 27:1-2, Proverbs 29:23

BY She Reads Truth

The book of Proverbs is a guide for pursuing godly wisdom in our daily lives. In this four-week study, we will read a selection of topical proverbs covering different aspects of wisdom, from how to interact with our friends, families, and neighbors, to fearing God and keeping His commands. No matter the subject, these proverbs urge us to wrestle with and reflect on our own response to them. To help you better engage with the proverbs in this reading plan, we have provided you with a short introduction and reflection questions for each day.

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.” The wise person understands the battle between humility and pride is always raging in our hearts. These proverbs help us understand that fight.

Reflection Questions:

What is the difference between confidence and pride? Where in your life does pride have its strongest hold? 

What is the difference between self-deprecation and humility? Why do you think we employ false humility in the ways we relate to others? What do we want it to do for us?

Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers to make us more like Jesus (Philippians 2:13). This means He is working to cultivate humility in us. Spend time thanking God for a specific time in your life where He brought you to a place of true humility.

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44 thoughts on "Humility and Pride"

  1. Jessica Scott says:

    It took me awhile to figure out that I was using social media to get likes and compliments on my kids and accomplishments. I was addicted to the feedback. I stopped posting. I feel so much better. Pride was taking too much of me. I like the privacy and time with God that I now have more of.

  2. Kristen DonahueSavage says:

    I relate to you! Wanting to do everything “right” and worrying if I’m not doing something right or if I will still be happy with my choices many years from now, is exhausting! This was a lesson for me to humble myself before the Lord again and thank Him that He and His word are a light unto my path. That it’s not on my shoulders—I am His and I don’t have to do things perfectly, just keep my eyes on Him.

  3. Brittany Reimers says:

    I have often struggled with pride and I think it ties hand in hand with my being on social media. I post pictures of my kids to boast about how beautiful or special they are and I post pictures of my craft projects to get compliments. I have reflected on this more and more recently and it makes me almost disgusted with myself. I don’t want to be that type of person. I pray that God instructs me and helps me to humble myself.

  4. Joyce Walker says:

    We must always be humble which is not weakness but be quick to forgive whether at fault or not. Problem why people leave the church want humble themselves before the Lord and return instead of letting their pride get in the way and you lose every time especially your relationship with God.

  5. Leonie says:

    I remember learning in latin the meaning of humilis which translates to literally lowering yourself to the ground and the visual seemed very… negative but I think humility is about knowing one’s worth in Christ and not putting your skills and talents before your character and giving the glory back to God at all times.

  6. Brandy Deruso says:

    Lord thank you for humbling me so i may be used as a vessel for thee!

  7. Crystal says:

    Nhu, thank you so much for sharing your notes on false humility, I was stuck on that thought and your explanation perfect. Crystal

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