If you’re just joining us, welcome. You’ll find a short introduction to the Proverbs reading plan on Day 1.
Section Two—The Inner Life:Wisdom concerning the body, heart, and mind
The proverbs we study this week we are turning our attention inward. We’re examining ourselves in light of the wisdom God’s Word provides on the topics of seduction and strength, health and happiness, adversity and anger, counsel and instruction, and humility and pride.
Day Twelve: Humility and Pride
In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote, “the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”
The wise person assumes the battle between humility and pride is always raging in our hearts. These proverbs help us understand that fight.
When pride comes, disgrace follows,
but with humility comes wisdom.
The fear of the Lord is what wisdom teaches,
and humility comes before honor.
The result of humility is fear of the Lord,
along with wealth, honor, and life.
Don’t boast about tomorrow,
for you don’t know what a day might bring.
2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth—
a stranger, and not your own lips.
A person’s pride will humble him,
but a humble spirit will gain honor.
Q. Where does pride have its strongest hold on you?
Q. 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?
Q. In these proverbs, humility is associated with wisdom, honor, and riches. Pride, however, is associated with shame. Do you functionally live as someone who accepts these connections or as one who rejects the idea that they are related?
Q. We should be people who seek to praise God for the work He is doing in us. The gospel 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. Name a place in your life where you can thank God for bringing you true humility?