by Pastor Joel Lawler
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
I heard a very interesting definition of the word pride. It was pride could be translated "windbag". The more I thought about this the more I like this definition. I get this picture of this puffed-up, bloated bag full of nothing but hot air. The bag, while large in size, is only big because it is catching someone else's wind.
In 1 Corinthians 13 it says that "Love is not proud".
Someone who is full of pride really inhibits themselves for the ability to love.
Pride is so blinding. I am sure you have encountered people who cannot get over themselves. Every other word is "I", "me" and "my". It is extremely difficult to spend much time with them. It is impossible to hold a meaningful conversation with them because they believe the rest of the world revolves around them. They are making a fool of themselves but are too clueless to even notice.
When you see the pictures from Iraq, it amazes me the size of Saddam Hussein's ego. His picture is EVERYWHERE.