Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus....He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death. (Philippians 2:3-5, 8)How does pride get between us and God? How does that work?
- When we are proud, do we think we do not need God? Is there an "I've got this," attitude to our lives? There is an Emmaus prayer that has the phrase in it (or something like), "I pray for the one who needs you the most, and the one who think she needs you the least."
- When we are proud, do we think we know best? "No, God, it's better my way." Are we just a little arrogant?
- When we are proud, do we think we are better than other people, and more deserving of God's favor?
Pride may be one of those heavy, destructive forces that we must give up to open up the way for God to reach us.