Pride vs Wisdom Conflict

Wisdom the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
Pride a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are admired.
Conflict clash; be contrary, a combat, discord; antagonism.

Friends, many proverbs contrast the arrogant with the humble, as this one does. The Hebrew word for pride comes from a root that means “to boil up”. it refers to a raging arrogant or insolence. The image pictures the presumptuous or arrogant behavior of the godless person. Such behavior always leads to shame. Proverbs 13:10.

Have you ever been camping in the mountains, wilderness, etc., and saw two wild animals in conflict and wondered why they were fighting? You may have assumed that think the two are fighting over a female species that has left the area after the conflict began. The fight was probably not about the female since she had left the area, but instead, about being the toughest, bear, wild cat, etc.

Most conflicts aren’t about policy and principle, or about right and wrong; they are almost always about “Pride.” The wise man of Proverbs swings his axe at the root of the problem when he writes: “Pride leads to Conflict”

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

Proverbs 13:10
Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

The word pride (Proverbs 11:2) does not refer to self-esteem or to a positive mental attitude, but to arrogance and a refusal to glorify God. Such pride is self-serving and leads to conflict.

We must be aware that quarrels, arguments and conflicts are fueled by:
1. Pride.
2. By needing to be right.
3. By wanting our way
4. Defending our so called turf or mostly our “own selfish egos.”

On the other hand, “wisdom” resides with the well advised
1. Those who listen and learn.
2. Those who allow themselves to be instructed.

There is “wisdom” in those who:
1. Humble themselves.
2. Those who set aside their own selfish ambitions.
3. Those who acknowledge the limits of their own understandings.
4. Those who listen to the other person’s point of view.
5. Those who allow their own ideas to be corrected.

This is “wisdom” from God that speaks peace wherever it goes.

Heavenly Father, help Me(us) as I(we) battle pride today, It is easy to take my(our) eyes off You and focus on myself(ourselves) best. Please give me(us) a humble heart.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I encourage you to make Him your choice today.


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