Love is the antidote to pride!
Why is it that incompetent individuals are confident of their talents and abilities in a certain area and overstate their skills? I have encountered this more times than I care to think about. It’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect. By the same token, those who are competent in a subject area tend to think less of their own skills.
People oblivious to their incompetence are often the loudest at proclaiming their capabilities and proficiencies. Perhaps Liz Truss is a recent example of this. She came to power in the UK on the platform that she would herald in a new era of growth by shaking up Britain’s economy. She lasted just 50 days which speaks volumes on the confidence her colleagues placed in her abilities.
Pride and over-confidence in oneself was ever the problem of mankind. Just listen to how Jeremiah pleaded with a proud and self-sufficient Judah:
“Listen and pay attention! Do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before it is too late. Acknowledge him before he brings darkness upon you……
Say to the king and his mother, “Come down from your thrones and sit in the dust, for your glorious crowns will soon be snatched from your heads.” (Jer. 13:15-18).
Jeremiah associated immorality (v27) and false beliefs (v25) and sin (v22) with pride. He begged Judah to repent from their godlessness and pride and turn in humility to God.
Then we have Jesus. Jesus was in very nature God. He was one with the Father and the Holy Spirit yet He made Himself a servant for us (Phil. 2:5-8). Adam had wanted to be like God yet God became a man.
God stooped so low to redeem mankind and He asks us to do the same. To give up our false gods, the things that attract us and captivate our hearts into lives apart from God. To give up our behaviours that dishonour Him. To empty ourselves of all that we are and to join our lives with Jesus. To live a life of gratitude, trust and service to the One who humbled Himself so much that you could be saved. A life of love is a life of selflessness and humility.
Quote is from the NLT.