Pride kills humility | 12 Verses on Humility

A dozen days into June and heat advisories are being issued faster than A.J. Foyt racing at the Indy 500. it is brutally hot here in Texas. Meteorological Summer doesn’t even begin until June 21st, but every indication to me (based on my five and a half decades of roaming Planet Earth) points to a long, hot summer. At the homeless ministry I serve Jesus at, we are quickly formulating ways to address what promises to be a season of extreme heat. Over the past couple of years, we have grown more adept at keeping the chronically homeless alive during wintry weather. Now, it looks like we are going to add battling the heat to our continually growing repertoire.

Photo by Rainer Bantau ©2022

The power of unbelief is a cumbersome stronghold that continues to keep people from walking within Jesus today as much as it did back when He was sentenced to the Cross.

Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus away. Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha ). There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it. Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”

John 19:16-22 (New Living Translation)

Did you see it? They urged Pilate to change the wording to “He said…” in other words, they didn’t believe Jesus was who He claimed to be. It’s a miracle that they didn’t choke on their pride.

Pride is the enemy of humility. Pride leads us on the path toward unbelief. Only in humility can we recognize that there is a power greater than ourselves. Only in our humility can we admit there is a God and we are not Him. Pride keeps us in the pit. Humility casts us forth onto a path of faithfulness and a life of obedience. Pride flaunts my will over His. Pride taunts, mocks, and destroys the lives of those we claim to love when truthfully we love ourselves so much more. Pride suffocates righteousness. Pride kills humility.

God’s word has a good bit to say about prose and humility. Below are 12 verses on humility.

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (Psalm 25:9)

For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. (Psalm 149:4)

He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. (Proverbs 3:34)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. (Proverbs 18:12)

Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12)

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2)

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)

June is officially Humility Month here at The Devotional Guy™. You can join me in honoring humility by writing your own post about humility and adding the hashtag #humility to your posts.

In the mean time, I pray you stay cool in the heat. Carry a few extra cold bottles of water with you. Hand one out to someone who you see needs it. I pray that the Lord shines His favor upon you today.

I value your engagement, so please feel free to share your thoughts and comments. If you enjoyed reading this post click “like” if you feel the Spirit so move you. And don’t forget: #humility


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  1. I felt pride creeping up on me this past Sunday, Rainer. I filled in for our worship leader and thought I had everything practiced and ready. But the reality was I kept bumbling and botching little things, here and there. During the sermon, the Holy Spirit said to me, “Your pride is not more important than the mission. Your comfort is not more important than the mission. Receiving recognition is not more important than the mission.”
    The mission was accomplished, God was glorified, and that’s what’s matters most.

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  2. Getting up in front people has that affect on people, I believe David, similar when you hand someone a microphone. I’ve heard testimonies that went longer than sermons because someone got caught up with the attention focused on them. Thanks for your transparency in sharing your recent experience. Blessings.

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  3. Alan Kearns says:

    A good post Rainer. Showing love is hard but it is easier than showing humility; humility goes against our human inclination to promote self. I suppose that if love costs us something then it has humility. I pray that I can keep myself in check while promoting my Lord first and foremost before others. God bless you and your lovely wife today brother.

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  4. Thank you, Alan. I appreciate your thoughtful response to my post. Blessings to you and your family as well.

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  5. omnimarkusa says:

    Would trade some of your hot sun for our cold rain again toay. We have a running joke that summer starts July 5th in Oregon. Appreciating your take on Pride vs Humility. Would you please explain what your saying here? “Humility class is forth onto a path of faithfulness and a life of obedience”. 

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  6. Summer is definitely starting early here. At least meteorologically speaking…
    Yes—I can explain: typo 😂
    It should read : “Humility casts us forth onto a path of faithfulness and a life of obedience.”
    Thank you for reading and taking time to comment! Blessings.

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  7. you&meinc says:

    I try my best to practice humanity I also ask God to keep me humble I don’t want to get to big for my breeches & forget where my blessings & that it’s me alone that makes things come through the way it does. God bless.

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  8. Amen. Thanks for reading my blog and sharing your thoughts.


  9. Ranier, thank you for reminding each of us to be generous in reaching out to the needs of others. Your example is a blessed exhortation about living with humility. Blessings to your continuing ministry.

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  10. Thank you, brother.

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