(Proverbs 28:25 KJV) He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
When we are “proud” (arrogant NASB) (7342) we are so sure of our own rightness that we are quick to “stir” (1624) the pot. I see this in myself as I struggle with how to deal with people and situations. I keep thinking that I am right and I can cleverly work these things out.
Our desire to prove we are right causes “strife” (4066). I have to believe this is different than making a clear statement on principle. One is sin; one, honorable. How do you tell the difference? Usually principle benefits others and arrogance benefits ourselves.
So? What is your goal today? Are you out to toot your own horn and line your own pockets or are you out to plant a tree for others to enjoy? Motivation and attitude are so important.