It Takes Spiritual Strength To Be A Humble Leader

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – St. Augustine

Take a trip through the book of Proverbs and see what God thinks of prideful people. And to what happens to them in the end.

Pride is the ancestor of all bad habits and actions.

Pride prevents us from achieving great things; for just as he is about to realize the completeness of his leadership, the prideful man and woman will be brought down in humiliation.

Pride erects a barrier that prevents personal relationships deeper than appearances.

Pride leads us down the road of bad decisions.

To be humble does not mean to be weak.

The humble person filled with God’s spirit, acknowledges their place in the universe. They lead not from arrogance but from wisdom. Wisdom comes from learning from past mistakes. Pride blinds us to our mistakes.

I searched the scriptures for examples. It’s not easy for they are filled with stories of flawed people.

King David’s story reveals a man who would move within the tension of being prideful and being humble. When he was humble and did things for God, he was powerful. When his pride got in the way, he got into trouble.

Look at Peter in the New Testament. He had to endure his personal crises to lose his pride and become a strong leader.

It is not easy to overcome pride. Just as in the 12-step programs, the first step is to stop and recognize our pride. Every day as we develop the spiritual disciplines of study and prayer and meditation we must remind ourselves of where pride has slyly insinuated itself into our lives.

It is only through prayer that we can get past our pride. God help us in our overcoming of pride before we also have a great fall.

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