Pride’s Barb

When it comes to pride

there are two sides

to the coin


One side

is arrogant




The other side

is self-depricating




BOTH are centered on SELF


And when it comes to God’s grace

freely given to all


Pride sets itself up

against it


You either think

you don’t need God

and rely on who you think you are


Or you see yourself

as a worthless failure

never able to approach Him


Both reject grace


missing the point of it



and walk away

from God’s extended hand.


This need not be


Grace draws in

those who would humble themselves


before God’s divine,

sacrificial love


Grace is free

but you must lay down your pride

and accept it


– Susie Stewart


Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].

– Hebrews 4:16 (AMP)


Now God has us where He wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all His idea, and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.

– Ephesians 2:7-10 (MSG)


And since it is through God’s kindness, then it is not by their good works. For in that case, God’s grace would not be what it really is—free and undeserved.

– Romans 11:6 (NLT)


And He gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

– James 4:6 (NLT)


Photo by Arik Stewart

Compare Not

Let God tell you

who you are


Comparing yourself

to your brothers and sisters in Christ


will only make you feel superior

or inferior


Leave it up to God


Be your absolutely unique


and give yourself grace


to grow in Christ

without pride

or condemnation


The most important thing


is not


to be more like this person here

or that person there


It is to be like Christ!


Compare yourself with others



Know your Father’s delight

in created



– Susie Stewart


We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.

– 2 Corinthians 10:12 (MSG)


Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

– Galatians 1:10 (AMP)


But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another.

– Galatians 6:4 (AMP)


Photo by Susie Stewart



Know It All

I like to be right


It feels good to be right,

at least that’s what I used to tell myself


I wanted to win every argument

no matter what


And just like God’s Word says,

it caused strife in my relationships


After all, who wants to be around someone

who always thinks they’re right?


The Lord had to humble me

to teach me

that listening to others

is vital



Even as I type this

I don’t want to type it

because I want to be right


But humbling ourselves

is part of His plan


He knows that pride

creates strife


Always having to be right

negates learning and growing


Wisdom is found

in those who listen to others


in heeding advice

and constructive criticism


Listening thoughtfully

to another perspective,

is godly


Where you find humility

there you will find wisdom


And we would do well to heed

God’s advice


Or are we too prideful

to even listen to Him?


There truly is joy

in listening more than we speak


– Susie Stewart


Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.

– Proverbs 13:10 (NLT)


Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord, but wise men and women listen to each other’s counsel.

– Proverbs 13:10 (MSG)


God treats the arrogant as they treat others, mocking the mockers, scorning the scornful, but He pours out His grace on the humble.

– Proverbs 3:34 (VOICE)


My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

– James 1:19 (NIV)


Photo by Nicole Stewart




Love Is Not Proud

Love is not proud…

– 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)



Godly love acts in humility,

but with confidence.


This confidence is not in self,

not a prideful confidence,

but a confidence in your position in Christ

and who He created you to be.


He created you for this – to Love God, love people, and bring Him glory.

– Susie Stewart


A proud man then is a kind of glutton upon himself; for he is never satisfied with loving and admiring himself; whilst nothing else, with him, is worthy either of love or care.

– William Penn


In pride we become the objects of our own love; in humility we learn to love others.

– S. Michael Houdmann


Pride will create contempt, arguments, misunderstandings, resentment, loss of community, and indifference…We need to seek others first and their well being, not our arrogance and egocentric mentality. Love lifts up God, not us.

– Richard Krejcir


Photo by Susie Stewart

Love Does Not Boast

Love does not boast…

– 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)


Godly love isn’t boastful and arrogant.  It seeks to build up others, not to brag about one’s own accomplishments.  It seeks to make much of God and to bring Him glory.

– Susie Stewart


Boasting is the voice of pride in the heart of the strong. Self-pity is the voice of pride in the heart of the weak.

– John Piper


Grace puts it’s hand on the boasting mouth, and shuts it once for all.

– Charles Spurgeon


Photo by Andy Stewart