Muhammad Ali was one of the most influential athletes in history. By 18, Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr) had won two Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union titles and 100 matches with only eight losses. After graduating high school, he traveled to Rome and won the light heavyweight gold medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics. Then, four years later, Ali took the world heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston. Ali boxed professionally for 21 years, had 56 wins, five losses, and 37 knockouts. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest boxers of all time.
The only thing bigger than Muhammad Ali’s right hook was his enormous ego. Ali loved to taunt his opponents in and out of the ring and proclaim himself to be “The Greatest of all time.” He thought he could do whatever he wanted to in and out of the ring. He was a prideful person. I don’t know if it is true or not, but there is a story about Muhammad Ali refusing to fasten his seat belt. The story goes like this. An airline stewardess politely told Ali, “You need to fasten your seat belt” and Ali brashly replied, “Superman don’t need no seat belt.” To which the stewardess responded, “Superman don’t need no airplane either!” “Fasten your seat belt.”
Well, if you are a single person dating to find your soul mate, I encourage you to not date prideful people. Why? Because…
- Prideful people are foolish.
Prideful people do not fear the Lord or seek His wisdom. They do not believe they need God to supply their needs and guide them through life (Psalm 14:1; Proverbs 1:7). Prideful people try to live each day by their own foolish (Godless) rules and standards.
- Prideful people think they’re always right.
It is easy to pick out a prideful person. Prideful people think they’re always right and refuse to listen and learn from others. Prideful people think they can and should do whatever they want to do, which is a dangerous way to live.
“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.” Proverbs 12:15 NLT
- Prideful people say and do things without thinking.
Prideful people do not think before they speak or act. They do not contemplate the consequences of their words and actions. They’re too smart and strong to fail.
“Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 NLT
“Blessed (happy) are those who fear to do wrong, but the stubborn are headed for serious trouble.” Proverbs 28:14 NLT
- Prideful people say and do hurtful things.
“There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.” Proverbs 6:16–19 NLT
Someone has correctly observed that the “seven deadly sins” are all drenched in pride. That’s because pride produces conflict (Proverbs 13:10)! Prideful people lie, cheat, steal, and kill without remorse because think they are better than everyone else and can do whatever they want to do. Pride caused the first conflict in our universe, and it will cause the final conflict in our universe; it is the foundation for all sin!
- Prideful people are disgraced.
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2 NLT
“Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor.” Proverbs 18:12 NLT
“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” Proverbs 29:23 NLT
The Bible says God detests prideful people, and He has promised to punish them for their selfishness.
“The Lord detests the proud; they will surely be punished.” Proverbs 16:5 NLT
The word translated detests in Proverbs 16:5 means “to loathe”. The word was used for a person who accidentally drinks sour milk, and vomits it up. When Solomon says God detests the proud, he is stating that prideful people make God sick to His stomach. Why do prideful people make God want to puke? Pride prohibits people from loving God and others (See The Great Commandment in Matthew 22:34-40). Again, if you are dating to find your soul mate, avoid prideful people because they make lousy spouses because they only love themselves. Don’t marry someone who is more in love with themselves than you!
How do you determine if someone is prideful? It’s really easy! Just carefully listen to their words and inspect their actions to see who they talk about and who they spend the majority of their time, energy, and money on. Their self-centered words and actions will show you who they love the most.
“I’m young; I’m handsome; I’m fast. I can’t possibly be beat.” – Muhammad Ali
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