“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)
Pride goes before a fall. The devil fell because of pride. Sins against the flesh are bad, but they are, like the flesh, temporary. Sins against others for malicious reasons are at the heart of pride. I will take it because I can and keep it from you. Yes, the Lord is opposed to anyone setting themselves up in His position, as well He should be. Humble yourself and become who you were made to be.
Lord, You know that this world is in a mess because of pride and avarice. Lead me in the way of salvation so that my pride might be replaced with humility. Guide me in the goodness of Your mercy to see where I act as though I were the center of things. Lead me to know You as You know me. Lead me by Your grace to go where You lead and do as You would have me do. Remove presumptuous sins from my heart.
Lord Jesus, You who are Lord of lords, told me that You did only what the Father would have You do. You spoke only the words He gave You to speak. You are the example to follow and to You I need to be conformed. Lead me today to hang my pride on the cross in order that the person You are making me to be may breathe new life. Guide me in the way of salvation to live into this new life You have given me. Amen.