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Be humble

Proverbs 16:
18. Pride goes before destruction
and haughtiness before a fall.
Living Bible

There's healthy pride or self-esteem, like:
   A rightful feeling of self-respect and personal worth
   Satisfaction with your (or another's) achievements
   The trait of being spurred on by a dislike of falling below your standards
Then there's the kind of pride spoken of in today's key verse, like:
   Unreasonable and inordinate self-esteem
   The need to get the better of someone else in order to feel good about myself
   A feeling of superiority over other people, because of your calling, gender, race, class, possessions or personal qualities
   Having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy.

This is the kind of attitude that leads to destruction.
There is nothing that destroys humans from the inside as surely as pride.

Compare our key verse with this one:
1 Peter 5:
6 Be humble under God's powerful hand so he will lift you up when the right time comes.

Father, help me today to humble myself before You, so that You can rescue me from pride.
Don't let me be deceived by pride and doom myself.
I desire to humble myself under Your powerful hand so that when the right time comes, You will lift me up,
in Jesus' name,

There's a new thought here tomorrow.
See you then, God willing!

Psalm 107:
17 Some fools turned against God and suffered for the evil they did.
18 They refused to eat anything, so they almost died.
19 In their misery they cried out to the LORD, and he saved them from their troubles.
20 God gave the command and healed them, so they were saved from dying.
21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his love and for the miracles he does for people.
22 Let them offer sacrifices to thank him. With joy they should tell what he has done.
(New Century Bible)

Daily Pointer:

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Are there cycles of failure
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Do you sometimes feel cursed or blighted?

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