IF only we understood what is lost when we let ourselves become forked by the two pronged skewer of pride.
The one prong is defensive: “I am not wrong, or as bad as you say.” The second prong is despair: “I am useless, a worthless failure.” In both cases (often the second prong follows the first), the person expends great energy hiding a basic human truth: the need for God.
Humility is the crown of the Christian. The adversary does everything in his power to prevent us from coming before God with our genuine sinfulness, failure, and character flaws. Such honesty is rewarded by God, and paradoxically, becomes a vessel of strength.
As long as the devil keeps you on his fork, strength is kept at bay, and your crown is left in the treasury of God.