Proverbs 8:13 – All who fear the Lord will hate evil. Therefore, I (wisdom) hate(s) pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.
Wisdom is not a friend of pride & arrogance. The two cannot exist together.
If I’m proud, then I’m not wise. If I’m arrogant, then it would be safe to say I’m foolish. To often I’ve seen proud people fall at the first hurdle because they lack wisdom. And it’s a lesson I’ve learnt particularly in business (even today) – to never be too proud or arrogant. Even if I think I’m right, if the client thinks I’m wrong it’s better to just say sorry and fix the issue. That’s wisdom! There’s no room for pride or arrogance if you really want to grow. if its wisdom I seek, then I need to put others before myself and swallow my pride.
Lord, help me to remember that, when I’m particularly annoyed or frustrated, that swallowing my pride is the wisest thing to do. Give me the strength to do this and the character to be gentle – so that wisdom may grow and pride/arrogance my decrease in my life.