Conceit, a Strange Disease

Do not be wise in your own eyes.
                  —Proverbs 3:7

Opinionated. Dogmatic. Inflexible.

Does anyone come to mind?

He may be smart as a whip, but as Welsh minister and author Matthew Henry opined, “the only thing such a person’s knowledge does for him is puff him up.”

Arrogance eliminates the possibility of improvement in the know-it-all.

“Everybody is ignorant,’ said Will Rogers, “just on different subjects.”

Growth comes only to those intelligent enough to be aware of their ignorance and humble enough to be taught. Part of wisdom is knowing that there’s a lot you don’t know.

“Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him” (Prv 26:12).

Conceit is a strange disease—it makes
everyone sick except the one who has it.

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