As we continue in our summer series Proverbia: Where Life & Wisdom Intersection, it’s crucial to discern and distinguish between pride and humility, folly and wisdom. Pride leads to folly, but humility leads to wisdom. How do we know what pride and humility looks like in our lives? Here’s what the proverbs tell us:
The antidote to pride is humility. And the best way to “weaken pride and cultivate humility” (to borrow a phrase from C.J. Mahaney’s Humility) is to:
Reflect in wonder at Jesus & the Cross
“There is only one thing I know that crushes me to the ground and humiliates me to the dust, and this is to look at the Son of God, and especially contemplate the cross.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Nothing else can do it. When I see that I am a sinner, that nothing but the Son of God on the cross can save me, I’m humbled to the dust. Nothing but the cross can give us this spirit of humility.” (Martyn Lloyd-Jones).
How are you weakening pride and cultivating humility?