A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (Proverb 29:23)
As this proverb is being read, most readers will give an Amen even before they have finished reading all its context. This may result in keywords being overlooked. One's 20/20 spiritual vision could become blindness, resulting in the heavy suitcase of pride being added to the already overwhelming weights of this life.
A careful look at the beauty of this gem, will bring us to the undisputed fact that everyone has pride! Humility is not a state of mind, but a practice in the spirit or one's character. The apostle Paul advises, "what can man boast of that God has not given to him?" Or what can I give to God that he hasn't given to us first? When we realize this, and live its reality day by day; then pride can never find its residents in us. Only the humble in spirit can occupy this neighborhood whose streets are paved and upheld with God's honor and love. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder