What Does Proverbs 29:23 Mean?

A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor.

Proverbs 29:23(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The scriptural warnings against pride counterbalances the biblical exhortation to godly humility. The Bible forewarns that calamity will befall the proud.. and that a man's pride will bring him down to the ground. It makes us acutely aware that God resists the proud man, and reminds us that a prideful heart is detestable to the Lord.

However, the man or woman who is humble of heart is blessed indeed, for God gives grace to the humble, and exalts them to elevated positions. He looks with favour on the humble and provides comfort and tender-mercies to the one who shows true humility of spirit.

It was pride that caused Satan to fall.. and pride is the root which yields many unseemly branches.. and produces an abundance of sinful fruit. Pride is born out of selfishness and an absorption with self.. and is manifest in envy and greed, covetousness and indignation, discontent, rebellion, prejudice and stubbornness.

A man's pride will certainly bring him low, and as believers we should be very careful not to allow pride's destructive mindset to gain entrance into our heart. It is only when the purifying furnace of God's corrective hand is used to break us, and empty us of self, that God can start to mould us and remake us into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus, Who was the Personification of humility and grace.

Humility of heart is a quietness of spirit and a gentleness of disposition.. that seeks the best for others, even at the expense of our own hopes and wishes. It gives no room for fretfulness, irritation, disappointments or distresses... and does not engage in the blame-game with others. It is not upset, offended or annoyed when it is blamed, falsely accused, ignored, passed over or not given credit when credit should be due.

Let us strive to prevent the insidious seeds of pride taking root in our heart and seek to prevent any fleshly habits and ungodly carnality from being manifest in our lives. Rather let us feed on Christ in our hearts by faith.. with thanksgiving.. and allow the beautiful spiritual fruit of humility to blossom and bud in our inner being - so that the lovely character of the Lord Jesus may start to be seen increasingly in our lives - until we come to a measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ - to the praise and honour of our heavenly Father.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your words of wisdom, warning, encouragement and exhortation in the Scriptures. I pray that I may take to heart all that You would teach me. Keep me from prideful ways and I pray that in Christ, I may grow in grace and humility of heart - and that my life becomes a reflection of the character of Christ - to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN

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