“…pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.” – Proverbs 16:18-19
Arrogance is the complete opposite of humility. When someone has an over-inflated opinion of himself or herself, they often act in an overbearing way; that’s called arrogance. And this oftentimes conceited attitude is always an unattractive quality.
Did you know that for every 100 successful people, there is maybe one who can deal with great success and keep his/her head on straight? The temptation to give into prideful arrogance is huge. So how can people blessed with success not be overcome with pride?
1) Gratitude: Remember all good things come from God: this includes your talents, abilities, and opportunities.
2) Humility: There’s really no such thing as a self-made man. Every successful person had some help along the way. It’s important to remember the journey.
3) Self-Awareness: The people with the biggest pride problems often don’t recognize that they have a problem. It’s an inability to self-reflect and identify their areas of growth or weakness; this attitude can stunt personal growth.
4) Pursue Christ-likeness: We are most like the Devil when we are filled with arrogant pride. We are most like Jesus when we are fulfilling God’s will for God’s glory.
If you are struggling with arrogant pride, then ask God for forgiveness. Ask Him to help you leave pride behind and learn to walk in gratitude, humility, and to become more self-aware, as you pursue a life walking with Christ. It might not happen overnight and it most certainly won’t always be an easy road, but you’ll be a better person for it. And when the world around you starts to take notice, you’ll have a great platform to point towards your relationship with Jesus.