Pride is the cause of most, if not all problems in a marriage, business, church, school, and yes, even in families.
History is filled with examples of people who have ruined themselves, because they let their pride get in the way of life. So, don't follow their example, instead, learn from history, and rise above. So, what does pride destroy?
First, pride will destroy our relationship with God. By definition, pride is the exaltation of self. When self is exalted, it dishonors God. For He says so:
"…God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6).
Second, pride destroys our relationships with other people. Some people think that they are above others, In their minds, they may think so, but in reality, they are no different than you or I. Solomon writes:
"It is better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud" (Proverbs 16:19).
Finally, pride destroys self! Some people try to justify their decisions that they have made.
Their decisions in most cases don't just affect themselves, but others. Their pride keeps them from accepting responsibility and making the necessary changes.
But it is Pride that keeps one from those changes! Therefore, pride destroys oneself!
The answer to pride is humility! Humility keeps us from pride and its ugly poison!
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. email@example.com