In these passages, Jesus tells the people, “Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted.” The Bible says that of all things God hates, pride is at the top of the list. God hates pride. It was pride that caused Satan to go astray and try to usurp God.
Pride is so insidious because we want people to think highly of us, and we want to be popular. Pride will lead us to place the world first rather than God. It is here that requires our greatest trust in God. We must be willing to have the world hate us.
Jesus said, ‘The world hates Me, and it will hate you if you follow Me.’ One must squash one’s pride to follow Jesus. This is not easy to do. It frequently requires conscious effort to avoid exalting oneself. However, it will lead to richer and fuller life.