It goes before destruction.
It goes before a fall.
It’s growth can be phenomenal,
although it starts out small.
You can fall into its’ trap,
be mastered and be caught,
by thinking of yourself
more highly than you ought.
Of all the things God hates,
this one tops the list.
When it gets inside your spirit,
it becomes what God does resist.
It may start with just a look;
something that seems so small,
but as it grows and festers
it’s the greatest sin of all.
Only by surrender
of our stubborn human will
can this fierce beast be defeated,
and once again lie still.
Only through dying daily;
our flesh being crucified,
can we achieve the victory
o’er this terrible thing called pride.
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.