Pride – Corruption of the Heart
But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. 2 Chronicles 26:16 NIV
Uzziah started well in his walk with God, but his pride caused his downfall. Pride does not blast its way into our life, it is insidious. It comes creeping in with small steps. It gains a foothold little by little, feeding on itself, it grows until it consumes a life and brings ruin.
God opposes the proud person. He will actively work to humble the proud. Because God is committed to building humility into us, we have two choices. We can take the easy road and humble ourselves, or we can let God take us down a hard road where He humbles us.
- What is said in the following passages about God’s opposition to pride? — Proverbs 6:16-17; James 4:4-6
- Pride wrecks a life. Nothing good comes from it. What are the results of pride noted in the following passages? — Proverbs 11:2; Proverbs 13:10
Question to ponder: How can you recognize pride in your own life?
Passages for further reflection: Isaiah 25:11; 1 Peter 5:5-6