#GrowWise: The Opposite of Pride is not Humility. It’s Humiliation.

January 18, 2015

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Proverbs 18:12  (read the whole chapter)

Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.



Two things that don’t go together: Wisdom and pride.

Two things that do go together: Humility and honor.

Back in chapter 16, we passed right over this little gem:

Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall. 16:18. 

The most common version: Pride goes before a fall.

It’s fascinating when you think about it. Pride leads to humiliation, which is involuntary humility. The only remedy? Voluntary humility. James gives us a good take on pride and humility.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:13-17

In the final analysis there are only two choices: Humility or humiliation. Wisdom chooses while there’s still time.

I’ll see you tomorrow in Proverbs 19.


J.D. Walt writes daily for Seedbed’s Daily Text. He serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. Follow him @jdwalt on Twitter or email him at jd.walt@seedbed.com.

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