Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed.

Monday, November 15, 2010

M.O.M.’s Mailbox- How to overcome Pride?

Question: I have a question for you - I kind of look at you as my spiritual mentor outside my family :) I have many spiritual mentors inside my family, but I think that sometimes it is helpful to reach out to our body of believers and see what their thoughts are. I have a "heart" issue I guess you could say that I am needing help with. I love your blog and how faithful you are with your children, I really wish my mom would have invested and loved us when we were growing up like you do your children now :) I know that God has placed my momma in my life for a reason - and don't get me wrong I LOVE my momma and she is a MUCH better mother now than when we were growing up. I have been feeling very convicted with my words as of late. I am not a fan of swearing (I gave my life 110% to God in July, before that I would say I was a believer because I grew up surrounded by believers but never really surrendered my own life and did swear and do awful things) anyways - now I just feel prideful or like I say things on the "flip" of time and then regret it later. How can I fix this? i was praying for forgiveness for making a snide remark on Thursday and I honestly believe God made me fall (literally) because i did not stumble on anything - I have no idea how I fell I just did and then the verse "pride cometh before the fall" was in my head.
I guess I’m asking is how can I address this issue in my life?

Answer: To answer your question, "How can I fix this?" Here are a few thoughts.... Pride hates humility. Therefore, every time you find yourself aware of your pride humble yourself and go to the person to ask for forgiveness. There are times it might hurt and even make you cry to humble yourself... keep doing it. Eventually your flesh will come to hate pride since it causes pain. I would encourage you to do a word study on pride and keep a journal of your thoughts and prayers on each passage. I want to hate everything my God hates! That will only happen if I am spending time in the Word and learning about His character! Don't neglect a true study of His Word!
With much love,
Mrs. Joseph Wood


  1. Love this piece of wisdom and truth! Do it - apologize - it will change you! This summer I had to go to a friend and apologize for gossiping - it was STINKY! Embarrassing! Tore me up inside! You better believe I'm thinking twice now about who I talk to about what. When we repent verbally to another person - it's almost like you gain a silent accountability partner.

    Thanks Jeanette - your wisdom never ceases to amaze me :-)! This happened this summer - but I would not have realized how it was the pain of the apology that is keeping me on my toes now. You hit the nail on the head for me. I'm so glad you are on-line - I just love you!

  2. Praise God Courtney! We don't want to give the enemy any room in our lives!! I too know the pain that pride causes from some very real life moments. I praise God that He's given us the garment of humility and asks us to put it on each day!!