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. Qua Taylor says:

    Confidence- being certain of who you are and your abilities and understanding they are are God given.
    Pride: Obsession with one’s self without acknowledging God.
    I’ve never really thought myself as a prideful person, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I’ve found that I tend to pride myself in being a “good girl” without realizing that I do in fact have my flaws and that there are some areas in who I am that may not be as good as I think. I definitely need God.

    Self Depreciation: is putting one’s self down or being critical of yourself.
    Humility is being humble and being modest. I think some of us employ false humility because we are putting ourselves down with he hopes that others will lift us up. It gives us a false sense of security.

  2. Laura Smail says:

    Confidence is believing that I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Pride is believing that I can do all things in my own strength.

  3. Ilse Olson says:

    I have a terrible stubborn side but I’m quick to recognize it. I have had several times where I have realized after the fact that my pride was in the way & God used hard situations to humble me. I’m so thankful He loves me that much to help me change my heart!

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