When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom (Proverbs 11:2).
The world’s wisdom says that the opposite of love is hate, but that isn’t so.
The opposite of love is pride.
Love puts the other person, the beloved, first. Pride puts self first. God wants your love, and he knows that you are incapable of giving it when you are wrapped up in pride. So, because he loves you, he will break your pride.
This is usually a very painful process.
It’s kind of the classic, “This is for your own good,” scenario. When you are humble, you are open to God’s love, his teaching, his wisdom. You can grow when you are humble. When you are walking in pride you are closed off to really experiencing God, because your world begins and ends with you.
You have a couple of options, Beloved.
Option One: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”(1 Peter 5:6). Trust your reputation, your ego, your self-worth to God. Let him build his character into you. Make every effort to subordinate your will to his, and let him work through you.
Option Bad: Continue walking in pride until God chooses to humble you. Because he will. And the longer it takes, the messier it will be.
Let me know which option you choose. I may want to clear out of the way.
Or get a front row seat.
Choose wisely, Beloved.