Pride is a dangerous thing. It can prevent someone from growing in their walk with the Lord. It can keep someone from repentance. And it can tear apart the body of Christ. This is why God says in James 4:5-6: “Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble’.” He opposes the proud. Pride has no place in the kingdom of God because pride focuses on oneself instead of the will of the Lord. Pride focuses on oneself instead of others. Pride focuses on oneself instead of the lost and lowly.
Humility, however, does the opposite. Humility brings people together. Humility repents and seeks restoration. Humility gives to the poor and ministers to the lost before itself. Esther was humble when she sought out good for her people and put them above herself. She was humble when she went before the king (which could lead to death) and interceded for her people. She was humble when she asked him to save her people. She was not afraid of death. She said in Esther 4:16b, “And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” That is humility.
You must ask yourself which you want to govern your life: pride or humility. One leads to blessings and joy and the other leads to emptiness and loneliness.