A person’s pride will bring humiliation,
but one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
The writer of Proverbs falls in line with many of the biblical writers in stressing humility as a behavior/character trait that will bring holiness and happiness in life. (This is mentioned several times in the Proverbs, and nearly 100 times in all of scripture.) We may have heard it before, but it seems that we will keep hearing it until we get it right.
Pride will bring humiliation. (Pride goes before the fall.) But the one who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor. (Jesus seemed to share this view in the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5).
The Apostle Paul put it this way in writing to the Christians in Philippi:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.
Pride-filled people care only about themselves. The humble person looks also to the interests of others. God seems to honor that, and life feels better when it is not a solo pursuit.
Dear God, help me to look around today and see the people that You have placed on this journey of discipleship with me. Let me walk together with them as we follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.