Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5: 5
There is something about pride that just gets in the way. As it controls our thoughts and the actions that result from our thinking, pride seems to inevitably construct barriers to relationships. It is that human characteristic that keeps us from saying that we are sorry even when we know that we wronged someone. As pride separates us from others it also seems to talk us through the rationalizations that tell our minds and our hearts that we are right and that those we are now distant from are wrong. Yet, the most significant negative effect that pride has in people is found in the way that it keeps us away from God.
There is something about this self-directed and self-energized quality in people that makes us take on life without the counsel, wisdom, or direction of God. It is often a form of pride that seems to be holding the throttle down on our drive to control all and to know all of the answers. This thing that we call pride tends to tell us to look within for our strength and competency and to gain our sense of worth and satisfaction from that same source. As our pridefulness separates us from God, it also pulls us away from other people.
So, it seems to me that relationship is the primary reason that God holds such a negative attitude when it comes to our pride. He sees the degree to which human pride contributes to our sinfulness. The Lord witnesses the struggle that so many people have when it comes to kneeling in humility before Him in order to admit that we are lost and that we need Jesus in order to know life, for it seems that pride is often the personal element that keeps the knees locked and the heart hardened to accepting the grace and the love that Christ so freely offers. Even when we know Christ, pride continues to be a cause of our relational struggles; so, God desires for us to set it aside, be humbly submitted to loving each other, and open our hearts to the grace that has been given to us so that we can, in turn, grant that same grace to others.