~Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Injured pride is a tough lesson for the believer. The earlier this lesson is learned, the better it is. This is a hard lesson but when it is learned as a child, it makes it all the more easy later on as a teen.

What is the best way to deal with pride? Doing a study on how God views pride should be the first place we start. Noah Webster’s definition helps us to see more clearly:

Inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others.

Today’s graphic is a good representation, don’t you think? When we see ourselves as better than we truly are, we set ourselves up for a huge disappointment. Pride revolves around self – it’s all about ME! It’s all about MY feelings being hurt.

If you struggle with pride, remember that one day you will be brought down to the level you truly belong, and maybe even lower – and that’s no fun place to be.

~1 Samuel 2:3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.

Continuing to be arrogant and prideful will only set you up for defeat, teen girl. God sees who you truly are and how you think of yourself – He will weigh your actions. When the time comes where you are brought down, your pride will force you to think that you are suffering as a Christian. But God’s Word says:

~1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

You’re suffering because of your sinful pride, not because you did something right for the Lord. You must recognize the difference and see God’s punishment as His way of teaching you to be humble.

It is better to learn to be humble and meek before God has to deal with you and you are brought to shame.

~Proverbs 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.

Get in the Bible where the teaching is pure – there are so many verses dealing with pride and humbleness. Recognize that your pride is sin in the eyes of God.

~Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

Confess this sin and ask the Holy Spirit of God to pierce your heart and teach you humbleness and meekness.

As if pride isn’t bad enough, it will most certainly drive you to greater sin. The Lord says you will stir up trouble and that you are a fool.

~Proverbs 28:25-26  He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat. He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

Is this what you want for your life, teen girl? The Christian who is striving to grow in Christ produces the fruit of the Spirit. Pride is not listed as a fruit of the Holy Spirit; however meekness is in Galatians 5:22.

It’s always best to learn any lesson early on because the longer you remain in any sin, the harder it will be to get rid of that sin and the harder you will fall. If you have little brothers or sisters, you will see what I mean. If they disobey your parents once, the punishment is minimal. But the more they continue to disobey, the harsher the punishment, right? Can you expect any less from your Heavenly Father? So you ask, “I thought today’s devo was going to be on injured pride? I thought I would learn how to deal with it.” If you look deep within yourself, you will see that your pride was injured because you thought more of yourself than you should have. Dealing with injured pride is learning to be humble.That’s the lesson! 🙂