Haughty is Naughty…Humility is Ability!

Proverbs 18:12 Dissected & Defined

Before destruction (ruin) the heart (meditator) of man is haughty (undue disregard for others), and before honour (promotion) is humility.

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

God has promised great destruction to the proud. He has promised the greatest destruction to those who are proud in their heart. 

We teach that the heart is mankind’s meditator. It dwells on the information of the mind that we have stored and then poured into our thought processes. Solomon teaches us that before God will destroy a person, they will store thoughts of pride in their mind and eventually we will pour those thoughts into our hearts in order to dwell on them. Once we begin to dwell on proud thoughts, we are candidates for destruction. It’s just a matter of time. 

The pride described is a haughty spirit. It’s usually a precursor to full-blown pride. Now Solomon has already taught us that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” We can realize that an occasional fall precedes destruction, so we can conclude that a haughty spirit will proceed the pride that destroys. 

Before you think too high of yourself, you’ll think too low of others!

He then promises that humility is a precursor to a personal promotion in life. To be lifted up, you must be humble, to be torn down you must be haughty. That is the simple process of building or breaking a man and his life.

An undue disregard for others (haughty) does more harm to the vessel in which it is stored (your heart) than the person on whom it is poured (the hurting).

Haughty is naughty; humility is ability.

Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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