I pray that you are all blessed and highly favored of the Lord Jesus Christ on today. I speak joy into your life and I also pray that you have been blessed through "Spiritual Growth for Women Ministry".
(Proverbs 16:18-19), Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. It is better to live humbly with the poor than to share plunder with the proud.
Woman of God, sometimes you just have to swallow it. Swallow it, what do you mean? Glad you asked, PRIDE.
I have had a hard time with this one myself. Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and just be quiet or say I'm sorry to keep the peace in your home and life. You are going to have to have a big throat at times, get a tall glass of water, and swallow your pride. I was the type of person that despised saying the words, "I'm sorry". So what I preferred to do was not do anything or say anything that would cause me to say, "I'm sorry'. Well, that only worked for a minute, sometimes I wouldn't make it. Don't feel bad, I am still working on that pride thing.
The reason why the scripture says that pride goes before destruction is because, if you are prideful, then you will ultimately be destructive. You will disprute your household. If you are in a disagreement with your spouse or someone else, sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and walk away. It is very hard for some of us to do that because (1) you may be right (2) you have to have the last word (3) you just like confusion. It's definitely in one of those categories. I fit in at least two of them.
If you have a problem with pride, you know it and may not want to admit it but you have to. You have to develop a humble spirit. God cannot use pride, but He will use a spirit of humility. It takes a lot of practice and prayer to get to the point where you are not full of pride. A person that is prideful is also vain, neither of the two are of God. You might find that the more humble in spirit you are the more blessed you will be. God will reward you for at least trying. You might mess up but you have to keep trying to get rid of that prideful spirit, it is of the enemy. Pride has been the cause of a lot of wars in this world, so it will definitely cause a war in your home. My advice is get a tall glass of water and get to swallowing. It means that you are dying to you. Jesus says, to follow Him, we must pick up our cross and walk. That means you must die to your old nature and put Him first. We dealing with pride, you must put the other person first. Once you begin to put the other person first, then you will also develop a love for that person.
I know that there will be occasions when you are too mad to apologize, get your water and do it anyway, that humbles yourself and that is what God desires. Your throat may be as big as a basketball once you start swallowing all that pride, but your heart will be softened and you would have gained a friend, JESUS CHRIST! I think that is a small price to pay, don't you?
GOD BLESS YOU!
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