Satisfaction with your accomplishments is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can lead down a destructive path if you let your ego take over. A pride that makes you want to brush away any mistakes because you feel like you are too important to make errors can make it challenging to grow as an individual and learn from your situations.
Having an overabundance of pride can lead to arrogance when you believe your achievements stem from who you are instead of your efforts empowered by God (2 Corinthians 3:5). When you go from being proud of what you have worked hard to accomplish and begin to believe you are better than others for what you have achieved, you may start to treat people poorly. This can lead to entitled behaviors that make you difficult to deal with in everyday situations, as well as turning family members and friends away.
4 Ways to Overcome Pride
1. Know the Meaning of Pride
Pride is an inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, worth, or ability. Can you identify any acts of pride in your life?
2. Be Aware the Pride comes Before a Fall
The Bible cautions about the consequences of pride. Conceited behaviors can occur ahead of a disaster.
3. Pray to Overcome Pride
Ask the Lord to support you to subdue pride and to help you use your abilities to glorify him.
4. Focus on God
Fix your eyes on the Lord, exalt His name and remember to spend time in His presence. This will stop fueling pride and help cultivate humility.
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