C.S. Lewis wrote, “Make no mistake about it: pride is the great sin. It is the devil’s most effective and destructive tool.”
John R.W. Stott said, “Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.”
Jonathan Edwards wrote, “Spiritual pride is the main spring or at least the main support of all other errors. Until this disease is cured, medicines are applied in vain to heal all other diseases.”
Pride is one of the most loathed sins in God’s sight, according to Proverbs 16:5 – Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; assuredly, He will not be unpunished.
It is everywhere and manifests itself in many ways; probably in ways you’ve never considered. Pride is blinding, but here is just 5 ways it is manifested:
- A lack of gratitude in general. Proud people think they deserve what is good. Therefore, they see no need to be thankful. Sometimes they complain because they think they deserve better. They tend to be critical, complaining and discontent. See 2 Chronicles 32:25
- Anger – A proud person is often an angry person. A person often becomes angry because his “rights” or expectations are not being met. See Matthew 20:1-6
- Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities. Some proud people may not seem proud at all, because they are always down on themselves. This is evidence of pride because the focus is on self. Having a “woe is me” attitude is self-pity, which is pride. See 1 Corinthians 12:14-25.
- Being unteachable. Many proud individuals know it all. They are superior. They can’t seem to learn anything from anyone else. They respect no one. See Proverbs 19:20 and John 9:13-34.
- Being sarcastic, hurtful or degrading. Proud people can be very unkind people. Those who belittle other people usually want to raise themselves up above others. Very often this can be quite cleverly done through jesting. They may excuse themselves by saying, “that’s just the way I am. That’s my personality” See Proverbs12:18, 23.
Amy Carmichael once said, “Those who think too much of themselves don’t think enough.”
Let’s work to put off the sin of pride and put on the character of humility