Proverbs 29:23

One’s pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. 

The prideful person will, indeed, “bring himself low” because of his behavior. This person is quick-tempered, boastful, arrogant, and rude. He insists on his own way, is resentful, rejoices in wrong-doing, and puffs himself up. Pride’s behavior is the opposite of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Honorable is the one in Christ who prays and lives the words of Philippians 2:1-8, 14-16:

Since I have encouragement in Christ, comfort from his love, participation in the Spirit, affection and sympathy, complete my joy by developing in me the same mind, the same love, being in full accord with my one true Lord and Savior. Help me to do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility let me count others more significant than myself. Let me look not only to my own interests, but also to the interests of others. Help me to have this attitude which is mine in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant…. Help me to do all things without grumbling or questioning, that I may be blameless and innocent, a child of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted world. Help me to shine as a light in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.

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