A verse that many parents teach there children early is Philippians 2:3. But it doesn’t just apply to ‘lil kids who like to argue! It applies to us too (and probably more)! Pride is a most besetting sin. It creeps in and destroys our relationships. It makes us blinded to our own sin and causes us to dislike and avoid conviction and repentance! It says to us daily, “You are much wiser than them!” “You are beautiful, smart and charming. Everybody loves you just the way you are.” “Who do they think they are?!” and many other things. Don’t listen to that emulating, highminded, conceited, insolent, proud, haughty, hating God voice! Our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked! Lord teach me your wisdom, for you know my heart better than I know it myself! Lead me in Thy way, and root out the pride and arrogancy within it!
1. Highminded: Having or characterized by a haughty, proud, or arrogant spirit
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:2-5
“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:3,10,16
2. Pride: 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 contempt of others.
“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.” 1Samuel 2:3
“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” Proverbs 8:13
“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner." Luke 18:11-13
3. Conceited: Entertaining a flattering opinion of one’s self; having a vain or too high conception of one’s own person or accomplishments.
“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.” Proverbs 26:12
“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.” Romans 12:16
4. Vainglory: Glory that is vain, empty, or worthless; inordinate or unwarranted pride in one’s accomplishments or qualities; disposition or tendency to exalt oneself unduly; idle boasting or vaunting.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” Galatians 6:3
“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.” 1Corinthians 3:18
“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.” 1Corinthians 8:2
5.: Emulation: The endeavour to equal or surpass others in any achievement or quality; also, the desire or ambition to equal or excel.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
6: Insolence: Rude treatment of others.
“And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Luke 6:31
“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12