“Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” ~ Proverbs 13:10
Whenever I’m angry or even slightly irritated with someone or some situation (i.e., when I am full of contention), if I look with brutal honesty within myself, I’ll see that it’s my unfulfilled desire to have something my way that’s bugging me in that moment. This goes for the important things as well as the tawdry annoyances of daily life.
And unless I remember that it’s “Thy will be done” and not my will be done, any desire I have that’s not coming as I wish it would, is pride before God, plain and simple.
The second half of this verse reminds me that if I stay in my Holy Bible I will stay “well-advised” and therefore gain the wisdom of God and be reminded that with pride comes contention, because whatever’s causing my upset probably falls into one of these three categories: “…the lust of the flesh,…the lust of the eyes, [or] the pride of life,” which are “not of the Father, but…of the world.” ~ 1 John 2:16