I once owned a beautiful wristwatch, given to me by my parents when I was 16. It made me feel special and unfortunately made me think other kids my age were not special. Slowly I became self centered and proud; a few years later, a couple of mentors pointed out this poor attitude and I have had to keep watch against it.
Since then I have learnt that the proud are selfish; the proud are concerned with their satisfaction first at emotional and physical level. Proud people who have no teachers, mentors, elders, or other authority to help them change, end up thinking they are gods; such proud people end up being cruel in their relationships.
In Exodus Chapter 2, Moses kills an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew. Moses dd not feel he needed to give the Egyptian a chance to explain their action. Moses was an Egyptian prince, growing up in a proud authoritarian culture; his positional pride was determining his cruel decision making; he needed correction.
Fast forward 40 years later, Moses says in Exodus 3:11 (KJV): “And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Moses is no more an Egyptian prince; he has been a shepherd in the Midian desert for 40 years; his positional pride is gone; he is ready to be the kind of leader God approves for his kingdom. The former Moses was full of himself, the new Moses was selfless; pride has given way to humility, after 40 years of correction in Midian.
Lord, teach us humility so we can be sincerely compassionate to everyone around us; help us to get rid of self pride, Amen!