Trebuchet MS –
Pride is a common trait in my family, especially in the half I grew up around. We’re sold rancher stock, raising cattle and vegetable gardens like it’s second nature to us. My grandfather was too full of pride to forgive and he died without having an argument twenty years old settled. My father and I share another kind of pride, we won’t neccessarily ask for help when we need it. This kind of pride isn’t good. The other kind of pride, having done a job completely and well, is okay. The problem is though, that it’s all to easy to grow the bad kind of pride into an ugly monster.
There are many types of pride. In our appearance. In our mad skills. In our high standing. In our popularity. In our wealth. In our homes. In our things. In … it just seems that the list goes on and on. There are some who, for the want of pride, will work for these things. Their unhealthy obession usually sacrifices all things healthy in their lives. C.S. Lewis said that pride is the cause of everything that followed. Satan took pride in his appearance and decided that he wanted to be number one. Things went downhill after that.
Unhealthy pride, by definition, is an excessively high opinion of oneself. This results in a person’s reputation, needs, desires, dignity, and public image being his or her main interest and concern, regardless of the effect on others. Pleasure and satisfaction can slip over the edge and fall into pride when we think we are important or superior because of who we are, what we have, or what we have done. What happens when we fail to acknowledge that God is responsible for everything we are, have, and do in this life?
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them” (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
Notice that the list starts with “lovers of themselves.” That’s a good overall definition of pride. Then there are other words: “boastful,” “proud,” “conceited.” The Holy Spirit, who is the Author of Scripture, wants us to have a clear picture of what pride looks like, internally and externally. Look at the terrible emotions, attitudes, and conduct it produces: abusiveness, disobedience, ungratefulness, unholiness, without love, brutality, and so forth.
Pride is giving ourselves the credit for something that God has accomplished. Pride is taking the glory that belongs to God alone and giving it to ourselves. Pride is essentially self-worship. Anything we accomplish in this world would not have been possible were it not for God enabling and sustaining us. That is why we give God the glory—for He alone deserves it.
Here’s a dose of pride-be-gone:
1. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
2. Desire God’s Will More Than Your Own
3. Accept God’s Unconditional Love
4. Develop The Quality of Humility
“This is what the LORD says: ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight” (Jer. 9:23-24).