When it comes to what we think about people, it is human nature for our prior opinions to influence our current judgments or choices. In addition, we are easily tempted to compare ourselves to others by thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. This causes us to think less highly of others than we should. The root of this is having wrong, pride-filled opinions that blind us to the truth. Romans 12:3 (NKJV) says, “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”
We easily fall into the trap of pride. Would you agree that vulnerability to pride is perhaps the biggest barrier we face to making proper judgments or correct choices? The Apostle Paul also warned us of the dangers of pride in his Epistle to the Philippians. As you hear what Paul wrote, I am sure you will agree that this one takes some effort! Philippians 2:3 (NKJV), says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
The best way to inoculate ourselves against pride and its blinding results is to walk closely with God throughout each day. When we stay close enough to God, there is no place for the overwhelming trap of pride to spring itself on us. I’m Dr. Bob. Closeness to God brings the voice of the Holy Spirit. How closely are you walking with the Holy Spirit today? He will help you keep things in proper perspective. He would love for you to walk a little bit closer.