The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.
Pride is the great polluter of truth. While men may possess the knowledge of the truth, pride makes of it a canker. The man who thinks highly of himself does not fear God.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Pride leaves a man without a defense for the truth. It should be an embarrassment to the arrogant, but being blinded by self-absorption it is left to the onlooker to be embarrassed on his behalf. Eventually pride will bring one low but the prideful will not acknowledge it.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.”
Perhaps in mercy you would admonish the arrogant man? Without divine grace what will be his response other than to harden his neck and double-down in pride.
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
Of all graces, humility is the greatest. Without it we cannot love, will not show mercy, nor turn the object of our faith away from ourselves and onto God. May God grant us grace to always be putting pride to death for we are nothing until we think nothing of ourselves.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” —John 15:5