Ephesians 4:18, NIV: They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.

It has been said that in order to be a good teacher, one must first be a good student. A Christian cannot lead unless willing first to be led. We must humble ourselves before Christ, as His disciple (or student). We must also be willing to humble ourselves before other Christians; and sometimes other people we do not believe we should have to listen to. It is so very often pride that prevents us from learning. Like a young teen, we are sometimes with Jesus--assuring Him that we know the answer, or that we need no help for a particular task. Pride is perhaps the greatest obstruction to learning. But when it is replaced with a humble attitude, then the disciple is open to receive so much from God, and in ways and places completely unexpected. It is truly amazing how useful the eyes of the soul can be, once pride is removed from the pupil.