Pride is the worst viper in the heart. It is the first sin that ever entered into the universe. (Jonathan Edwards, 18th century revivalist preacher)

Edwards continues, “It lies lowest of all in the foundation of the whole building of sin . . . Nothing is so hateful to God, contrary to the spirit of the Gospel, or of so dangerous consequence.” A spirit of arrogance will certainly distance the proud from longed-for friends.

Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall (Proverbs 16:18).