13:10 Pride Brings Strife

Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice. Proverbs 13:10.

Cardinal Beaton, a man of much ability—and pride.

A few years ago I attended a banquet at a local lodge in appreciation of several honors students. Tension was thick between the leaders, evidenced in surly remarks, butting in, and talking over each other. Clearly they were vying for precedence.

It reminded me of a notorious scuffle between two churchmen in Glasgow. Cardinal David Beaton and the Archbishop of Glasgow were at odds, and arriving at the door of the church simultaneously, each claimed precedence to enter first. Their men soon were shoving and tearing at each other. The pride of these grandees brought nothing but strife.

How different the spirit of Christ. Greatest in heaven, he stooped to become the lowest on earth, basing his whole life on the word of God. In this and his subsequent elevation to the highest place at God’s right hand, he demonstrated that the foolishness of God is wiser than the greatest wisdom of man.

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