Proverbs 27:2 Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips
So if pride is so destructive and humility is the way to go, how can we go about being more humble? How can we act in a way that is pleasing to God and not so self-centered and prideful? What does the Bible say about how to do this?
The book of Proverbs is loaded with advice on seeking wisdom and keeping away from a prideful heart. One tip that more of us should consider in our daily lives is being more quiet about ourselves. It’s ok to have joy about a job well done or to tell someone if you’ve achieved something. This proverb doesn’t mean to never celebrate good work, it just means not to be the kind of person who constantly self congratulates. Boasting is definitely prideful and should be avoided. Leave it to other people to give you props.
But here’s the thing. This isn’t all about actions and behaviors. It’s not about just not doing something like boasting. This is a heart issue. Not being prideful doesn’t just mean don’t act prideful. This is about having a humble heart before God. He knows our innermost thoughts and condition, He knows when we’re showing false humility and when we’re truly humble.
So don’t brag about yourself, not just because you know not to act prideful, but because you want a soft heart that loves God and puts Him first.